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FIELDNOTES FROM A TECHNOBIOCOLOGY

Fieldnotes from a Technobiocology is a body of research and installation situated in an imaginary, post-human future where biology and technology have converged to create new life forms, new ‘lively’ forms and new self-sustaining ecosystems. What kinds of being may emerge from the debris of DNA editing experiments? At the meeting point of nourishing earth and electrical waste? Where digital code meets biologic hardware?  

Each sculpture is a ‘speculative body’ imbued with fictitious narratives that conceptually, materially and sensorially express ideas about what the future of life, and it’s origins may be in such a hybrid world. The installation is both a landscape of independent objects or ‘organisms’ and a connected ecosystem.

Each species has come into existence from the human archive, in various degrees and using various evolutionary strategies whether its be through the direct human intervention of gene editing or the indirect evolution of ‘abiogenesis’ where inanimate material (human-generated pollution) becomes animate. 

Scientific research, artistic inquiry and imagination converge to invite viewers to reflect and discuss our futures through a compositional experiment of a and our new world. 

The project gestures towards a post-anthropocene planet, a new kind of independent and self-generating system free from human intervention where symbiosis and cooperation between organism and landscape is conditioned to flourish. 

This project suggests a positive future trajectory in which the convergence of technology and biology results not in an abomination but an allegiance that helps to restore the planet. The new ‘natural’ is defined by bacteria ingesting and generating electricity from human pollution; photosynthesising membranes sequestering carbon from the atmosphere and plastic as structural material for new organisms. Remediation and recovery it seems lies within biology…

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ABIOGENESITES

ABIOGENESITES

Abiogenesis is the process where the inanimate becomes animate! The Abiogenesites are a suite of creatures who have emerged in-situ from the material of their inanimate surrounding environment - in this case physical pollutants like e-waste and coloured plastic. Their evolution is glacial and this is referenced by their forms that appear to be creeping or emerging from the detritus. In one, e-waste has fossilized and formed the scaley, protective shield, in another plastic has emulsified into an dazzling skin, in another an organism is disembodied with organs functioning and connecting outside of the body.

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ATMOSYNTHETICA

ATMOSYNTHETICA

As a result of increased toxicity in the air, in the future might new types of organism exist with photosynthetic capabilities as a means of sequestering the excess CO2? Atmosynthetica is an ambiguous organism, partly resembling a floral bud, or perhaps a chrysalis, or perhaps even an independent organ? The shimmering surface is alive with metabolism as it performs a new kind of chromo-photosynthesis.

DIGIMACULE

DIGIMACULE

In the future, will ‘digital’ life forms exist? Digimacule represents a series of digital, purely-coded life forms that have taken refuge in a tactile, bioplastic shell or ‘hardware’ body. This is akin to how a single-celled amoeba inhabits a dead sponge skeleton or a hermit crab resourcefully finds its shell in order to complete their form. Does the coded creature need a physical scaffold in order to ‘exist’? Is it a legitimate life form or just a simulation of it?

TERRA SPIRITUS

TERRA SPIRITUS

Where does the environment end and a life form begin? Terra Spiritus reflects the complex entanglement that exists between both geological and biological matter. In the future, bacteria and other microorganisms will act to digest our waste-infused landscapes and generate energy, in this case in the form of electricity. As a result, the terrain feels almost ‘sentient’, a living surface or skin illuminated and pulsing with life.

BIOPUNKS

BIOPUNKS

The Biopunks are hybrid creatures that represent the blending of DNA from different species, potentially a combination of both ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’ or gene edited life forms. The curious biological forms display both recognisable features and alien traits. Were they designed this way as artefacts from a lab? Or have wild organisms and gene-edited organisms procreated? Are they wondrous expressions of human creativity or mutant monstrosities?