TIMELAPSE POD

Along with setting up a wet lab area for workshops, I am also hoping to produce a basic timelapse video pod for capturing the growth of plants, fungi and micro-organisms.  The idea so far is to develop a self-contained system with built in LED growth lights, heating system, USB camera and basic microscope camera, as …

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DIY LAB TOOLS

Along with the idea of building a DIY laminar flow hood to reduce some of the initial set up costs, I have also looked at options for DIY incubators and centrifuges. INCUBATOR Laboratory incubators are surprisingly expensive, but are pretty fairly easy to construct using basic brooding equipment and a polystyrene box. Here is a …

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More Plans for the Lab

I spoke to Mick and Danielle last week and they were both pretty excited about the prospect of a usable laboratory to enable a variety of workshops or meet-ups for people interested in working across art, science and technology. After searching the web and comparing material costs from a variety of biotech supply companies, I …

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Fast-Tracked Feb

We know that workshops at The Edge book out really quickly. This is why throughout the month of February we will be scheduling at least one workshop everyday in an effort to help you get to the ones that interest you. From media law and ethics through to electronics and programming, there are over 30 …

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DIY Wet Lab Space (and interactive plant art)

Today, I have spent most of the day looking into and thinking about what a basic wet lab area at The Edge should include to allow a range of engagements for users.  As a visual artist, I have been extremely fortunate to work with biotechnology (primarily animal cell and tissue culture) for the past five years. …

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DIY Laminar Flow Hood

In addition to looking into plant cell culture, I have also been thinking about making a laminar flow hood for use at The Edge.  A laminar flow hood is an enclosed cabinet used in animal or plant cell and tissue culture where a sterile work environment is required. The ‘laminar flow’ part of the title refers to …

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Plant Cell Culture

Yesterday I spent most of my time looking into plant cell culture or micropropogation (plant multiplication in vitro).   It has a number of parallels with animal cell culture, but carries a lower risk for participants, particularly in a public space like The Edge. From information available online there are several ways of propagating plants in the lab. …

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DNA ‘transplants’

First off Happy New Year to everyone! I am just back from a week hiatus eating too much food and indulging in excessive sleep and French champagne. Fantastic! Back at The Edge I am grateful for air conditioning and espresso, and am excited about continuing with project development. My interest in plants and genetic engineering …

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Inspiration: ESP and Mind Control

I recently watched the movie Red Lights which stars Sigourney Weaver as a psychologist and paranormal investigator/critic.  The movie made me think back to my parent’s collection of paranormal magazines from the 80s (The Unexplained) which presented various articles from Uri Geller’s  spoon bending to alien abduction and theories of the hollow earth. One of …

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Inspiration: Grafting

As mentioned in my previous post, I am really interested in exploring plant grafting as part of my engagement at The Edge.  My grandfather used to be an avid gardener and he often grafted fruit trees so that they would bear a variety of different types of fruit on the same tree or enable hardier …

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