CONTAMINANT II COMPRISES A SERIES OF MONITOR CELLS, INSTALLED WITHIN A GALLERY SPACE OF THE NAi ROTTERDAM, AS PART OF THE BIODESIGN EXHIBITION.
The pristine incorporated growth planes are exposed to the microbes present in the gallery.
Unwitting visitors to the space introduce further micro-organisms; we contaminate the installation. The captured particles proliferate and colonise the cells, displaying a morphological aesthetic over the course of the exhibition.
The resultant display prompts numerous considerations. It interrogates perceived notions of beauty or disgust. Whilst the conflict between microbial autonomy and fabricated manipulation and control is conducted across the surface of the growth planes.
Confronting the hygienic sterility of the prevalent Modernist legacy, the principle of incorporating living material in design practice demands an ideological shift. It hints toward a possible future of partially living architectural hybrids possessing an evolving, distinctly phenomenological aesthetic.