M(y)Crobes: Create your own Wearable Biosensor -- a Computational Fashion Workshop

Event Type: 
workshop
Start Date: 
3 May 2014
Hours: 
12:00PM-3:00PM
Cost: 
$75 ($50 for Students) (Includes Materials Fee)
Venue: 
Eyebeam
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Rendering by Matthew Kulp for The Cotard Syndicate

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We share our regular world with billions of bacteria and fungi, but are for the most part unaware of how they shape our world -- unless we get sick.  What if you could make a wearable biosensor that showed you in real-time how your own body's ecosystem works in concert with the environment?

Join The Cotard Syndicate for this workshop, where you will learn about their research and make a 3D-printed biosensor that you can wear, track, and read the data collected from your micro- and macro-ecosystems.

ABOUT THE PROJECT & INSTRUCTORS
M(y)Crobes is a project by The Cotard Syndicate, comprised of neuroscientist Siddharth Ramakrishnan and media artists and Eyebeam alumni Stefani Bardin and Toby Heys. The project explores our cohabitation with microbes that live within, on and around us. The Cotard Syndicate has developed a wearable biosensor for the neck, comprised of a disk of agar that is laid into a 3D printed bezel of recyclable ABS plastic that is exposed to the elements.  Seeds will be implanted into the agar medium to track the microbial growth through the sprouting of these small plants. Thus, the wearer will see, in real time, the effects of their own biotic micro-ecosystem in concert with the macro-ecosystem of the environment.

The project aims to bring these organisms to the forefront by culturing them, allowing us to see how they directly impact a living being like a small plant, while also showcasing the variety of microbial cultures that we may encounter/host everyday.  These cultured microbes will actively affect the growth of seedlings placed in the agar-wearable, thereby allowing us to observe how these ubiquitous life forms actively affect life and growth by altering environments.

PREREQUISITES & REQUIREMENTS
None!

This workshop is in conjunction with Eyebeam's Computational Fashion initiative. Computational Fashion is supported in part by The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund.

 
Projects: Computational Fashion
People: Erica Kermani, Paul Amitai, Siddharth Ramakrishnan, Stefani Bardin, The Cotard Syndicate, Toby Heys
Research: Education
Tags: biology, biosensor, microbes, science, wearable technology