"Hypersymbiont Dress" by Anna Dumitriu.
Installation: 5' x 2'. Silk stained with normal environmental bacteria from a Winogradsky Column (a self-sustaining, self-regulating bacterial ecosystem), Mycobacterium vaccae (a soil bacterium that enhances cognitive function by increasing serotonin levels, tested and proved in rats), MRSA (which can interface with the human nervous system and affect how we feel pain), and Bacillus Calmette Guerin (a form of attenuated Tuberculosis, a bacterium strongly linked to creativity throughout history). The embroidery silk used on the dress is stained with Chromobacterium violaceum, a purple bacterium that uses chemical communication signals to co-ordinate its behavior. Additional colors and patterns are created using natural and clinical antibiotics such as madder root, woad and Vancomycin, on a mannequin or supply own.
Photograph: 36" x 24". Digital print on aluminum (unframed).
(Room preview approximates artwork dimensions.)