Microbes outnumber your cells up to ten times over. They even tell you what to eat.
Bacteria have become the workhorses of the Biotechnology Revolution; now synthetic biology’s engineering approach aims to reduce the chaos of life to components. From hacked bacteria to synthetic life forms, microbes will compute, produce energy, make self-healing materials, kill pathogens and do the housework.
Biotechnology promises control over nature, but collaboration with living machines means caring for them too. How will our internal microbial landscape collide with a synthetic external one? Biology doesn’t know borders. And in simplifying life to its molecular interactions, might we accidentally degrade our own self-value?
A short film and material experiments explore representing these abstract issues.
Work in Progress Show, RCA, February 2009.