Dispersal

2011

Pyrocystis fusiformis, plexiglass, petri dishes, electronics, software

With the recent oil spill in the Gulf region, it has become increasingly clear that the oceans of the world make up a highly intricate, symbiotic ecosystem with flows and currents still largely unclear to us. In Dispersal, the bio-luminescent algae Pyrocystis fusiformis – its blue-green glow commonly used an an assay for water pollution –describes how regularized patterns of intention can go awry. In 2010, the dispersal patterns caused by chemical clean-up crews and natural currents led to unintended petroleum travel, and the area of devastation remains unclear. In this sculptural model, a constructed “plume” pattern, when introduced to flagellate organisms and “current,” can react in a variety of patterns that read as random even in the most controlled environment.

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