Week 1

Rebecca says:

What happened this week?

This week I visited Siouxsie at her lab at Auckland University Medical School. She gave me a tour around the lab where they grow and research bacteria like Vibrio fisheri, as well as much more nasty bugs like Staphylococcus and Tuberculosis.

We talked about different options for containing the bacteria as part of the installation; it seems that petri dishes come in quite a range of styles and sizes!

Lab equipment

What did you learn?

You have to wash your hands every time you leave the lab. With bugs like that about, you can understand why!

What are you most inspired by/excited about?

On the way home, we decided to wander around Western Park and identify some of the shadier spots in the park, which would better suit our bacteria.  We found a few suitable spaces and threw around a number of ideas. I can’t wait to develop these further now!

What’s next?

Next Wednesday, the Art in the Dark team are putting on a workshop for the participating artists at Black Asterisk gallery.

I’m a bit nervous as I’ve never been involved in an event like this, and I’m not quite sure what to expect. Though I’m really looking forward to meeting all the other participants and hearing about their projects.

Siouxsie says:

What happened this week?

Rebecca and I met for a catch up at my lab. I showed her around, and she brought me up to date with her research into 3D printing. Afterwards, we strolled through Western Park looking at the ambient light levels and thinking about how our ideas could fit in different locations around the park.

What did you learn?

That 3D printing is expensive! And that we have a lot of ideas for how this project could pan out. Oh, and that some of the trees in Western Park are very tall. If we go ahead with our idea of hanging things in the trees, which will need replacing each day of the event, I have no idea how we will achieve that!

What are you most inspired by/excited about?

I am really keen to get started trying to find the best conditions to make our bacteria glow, and to seeing how long their light will last for.

What’s next?

As soon as all the ingredients arrive, we will get started making the liquid broth our bacteria will grow in. Then we can see how bright they really are.

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