L’origine du monde is an artistic representation of my research into the possibilities of cyanobacteria and (micro) algae as source for renewable energy and novel biodegradable materials.
The installation shows a strongly enlarged bacterial chain made from glass cells. Every cell is filled with cyanobacteria producing realtime photosynthesis.Together they form a complex microbial population that communicates via quorum sensing and reduces CO2 emission whilst producing oxygen and biopolymers.
L’origine du Monde was created during a STARTS residency at the Hybrid Forms Laboratorium in Amsterdam. It builds upon the speculative project Guerrilla Beehive 2.0, in which the sensors are powered by a cyanobacterial biofilm. The bacteria grow a dense biofilm on the outer shell of the beehive. The bees scan the health of the environment while foraging. When the bees return to their nest and land on the outer shell of the beehive with possible pollution- or pesticide particles transported in their fur, they activate the bacteria in the biofilm. If the pollution is trespassing a specific degree, the bacteria in the biofilm will change color and as such give an alert.