Art in the Dark is New Zealand’s premier light festival that takes place at Western Park in Auckland each year. In 2103, Siouxsie Wiles and Rebecca Klee teamed up to produce a unique installation using bioluminescent bacteria. This blog tracked the progress of their project.

More about Siouxsie:

Dr Siouxsie Wiles is a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast who heads the Bioluminescent Superbugs Group at the University of Auckland. There she combines her twin passions to understand and combat infectious diseases. In a nutshell, Siouxsie and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark. This may sound quirky, but with 14 million people killed by infectious diseases worldwide each year, unraveling the mysteries of these amazing microbes, and finding ways to stop them, is important.

Keen for the world to share her enthusiasm, Siouxsie has previously teamed up with Australian graphic artist Luke Harris to make a series of short animations describing nature’s amazing glowing creatures and the myriad uses of bioluminescence in science.


More about Rebecca:

Currently working in online media, Rebecca Klee draws on an eclectic array of qualifications in medical genetics from Victoria University and surface design from Massey University to collaborate with Siouxsie on this unique project.

Rebecca is interested in the possibility of inspiration and interaction between disparate disciplines, and in particular how art and design can bring clarity and accessibility to the incredible, but increasingly complex developments in scientific research.


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