Geobacter Micropulse is part of a series of pieces inquiring into the possibility of interspecies communication. Bioelectric fluctuations from microbial fuel cells create light patterns that emulate the beginnings of encoded language. The cells use seawater and sediment samples from the NYC area, activating in consortium the ability of these Geobacters to produce energy when deprived from oxygen. The system creates a space where the micro-performativity of bacteria is expressed through light.
16-bit binary screen built with black light lamps where the fluorescence of bacteria E.coli is activated in response to its 440 nanometers light spectrum. Protein GFP is responsible for such fluorescence and this is the reason to be called GFP-Screen. The screen shows a piece of random poetry pretending to be written from a bacterial perspective using Google searches about the human subject. The main results shown are organized in sequence and presented in ASCII code two character every two millisecond. This project addresses the expression of the material agency of microorganisms through light and the capacity of light itself as a medium for information transmission.
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