Allison Kudla + Ryan Wolfe – DesCours 2008

This installation, presented for the 2008 DesCours event in New Orleans, is described in the designers words as below:

This installation in the Pharmacy Museum courtyard consists of a sensing mechanism recording changes in petri dishes containing the Earth’s first oxygen-releasing microorganism – Cyanobacteria.  This culture is printed into intricate patterns via a computer program and its changes in growth are then viewed via time lapse by a magnifying camera.  Participants to the courtyard will be able to remotely control the mechanical armature to increase the amount of light and temperature given to any of the petri dishes, therby causing the chosen micro-fields to grow faster and become more green over the course of the exhibition.