Experiments with galvanotactic bacteria.
Galvanotaxis refers to the phenomenon whereby an organism moves in response to an electrical current. In this project I am working with E-coli, one of the most common bacteria used in the life science. E-coli has been shown to move in a current – either towards the anode or the cathode, depending on the particular strain of E-coli.
The reason that I am interested in using E-coli is because it lives in the human large intestine and makes up approximately 30% of our faeces. As a result it is possible to make a work that comments on the ‘strange and amazing capacities of shit’. I think this has humor value and it also brings focus to bear on the abject, messy aspect of biological life.
I went and got some samples of a few strains of E-coli that are known to be highly motile to see if I can get the galvanotactic phenomena to manifest on a perceivably macro scale.