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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First week as a Catalyst at The Edge

Well, I’ve just started my first week at The Edge as the 2013 Catalyst for Fringes (working across Art, Science, Technology and Enterprise). To provide a bit of context: For the past five years I have been working across art and science, primarily in the field of contemporary art and cell and tissue culture with …

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First Character Concepts

We’re heading straight for the first real phase of production where the previous milestone was all about concepts, preparations, planning and settling in. The last few weeks have gone better than expected and we’re currently ahead of schedule, something that will be beneficial in the coming milestone which is a “tad” ambitious. The plan has …

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