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.