Should I Stay or Should I Go?
SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?
Exhibition 28 February – 3 April 2020
Bacteria are everywhere. They can be found in astonishing diversity and abundance throughout most of our planet. The total mass of all bacteria on earth outweighs all animals and plants combined. Some bacteria can cause disease, illness, and infection; yet others exist in an intimate symbiosis with their hosts, without which it is unlikely either could survive. They give us botulism, syphilis and bubonic plague, but also yogurt, salami, and sourdough bread. How different species interact is key to community functioning. The nature of such interactions ranges from chemical warfare to the cooperative production of compounds that are beneficial to, and can be exploited by, other species. Such social behaviors routinely require collective decision-making, in which individuals detect and collate information from both their physical and social environment.
Exhibition opening night 28 February 5-7pm in the ESI Creative Studio. Refreshments served, all welcome.
See the full exhibition online: https://bit.ly/2WcWxSU
Should I stay or should I go? is part of an extended programme of art-science collaborations on the topic of Underworlds, hosted by the ESI Creative Exchange from January-June 2020. In a series of four projects, artists and researchers are exploring themes of the underground, the undersea, the hidden and the microscopic. Collaborators will use scientific techniques and creative practices to better understand the habitats and behaviour of subterranean and submarine lifeforms, and work with earth pigments and ocean sediments to produce visual representations of invisible or inaccessible worlds. Several of the projects engage with the specificity of the Cornish landscape, and its legacy of mining and mineral extraction.