Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Algae That Scape The Sky: Chengdu, China. There wasn't much microgeography at street level, but when I found a building high enough to be able me to look down on other skyscrapers I found it!. A community of algae on the roof of a skyscraper that seems to thrive, particularly in areas of water run off.
Sunday, 17 June 2012
ProkaryPosters: In pursuit of its aims and conveying their message, microgeographers should not shy away from controversy and risk taking. ProkaryPosters are a novel way of conveying microgeography's message. The print on these posters is made entirely from living and pigmented bacteria. The posters offer great benefits over traditionally printed posters in that the print is entirely natural, biodegradable, and endlessly renewable. Further to this, the use of living biological agents adds a certain frission to the message and means that the posters cannot be simply removed in that removal requires a specialist biohazard removal team!
|The ink. Not a conventional printing ink, but the red pigmented|
bacterium Serratia marcescens
|The loaded roller|
|A finished poster. Appropriately labelled|
Ecocidal Graffiti: Urban microbial ecologies are easily overlooked. Microgeography is not afraid to partially and temporarily destroy such ecologies if it results in their revelation, and if in the process, city dwellers are jolted off their predictable macroscopic paths. Ecocidal Graffiti is a novel microgeographical technique which differentially destroys parts of microbial communities in situ so that images, glyphs or text are created within them and as a result, the ecologies themselves become highlighted by their own absence. The initial application is invisible but as the treated parts die, the images or text mysteriously appear over a period of 1-5 days. These are tests for the process which clearly show its efficacy. Please comment should you be interested in joining me on a national campaign of Ecocidal Graffiti.