Introducing Clinton and the Quantified Self project

I figured it would be useful for people to know where I’m coming from so that it’s easier to see what I’m trying to get out of this project. I am a thirty four year old software engineer. I sit in front of a computer for many hours of the day and make it do …

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Micropropagation of African Violets

Now that the Basement lab is set up and we finally have a handle on the contamination issue that set my plant cultures back in the early stages of cultivation, I have made up a new batch of media. (I have to say that preparing media and sterilising jars is not one of my favourite …

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DNA Workshop

What a weekend at The Edge! On Saturday I participated in the Awesome Bio-Micro-Fashion workshop and learnt a bit more about plant microscopy with Melody from QUT. On Sunday I facilitated a DNA Jewellery workshop with Pahia – always super fun!  This time around, we had a few more samples to process – strawberries, bananas …

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Re-Introducing Creative Community Computing

Well it’s been quite a wait, but with another round of SLQ computers being decommissioned and generously donated, it is almost time for the Creative Community Computing (CCC) workshops to kick off again.  CCC is all about bridging the Digital Divide. For a little background on this concept — here is a primer by Daniel Flood,  …

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Mobile Media Lab is GO!

After spending the best part of three months in The Edge’s basement, the time has come to release The Edge’s latest creation into the wild! The Mobile Media Lab has been in development since late 2012 and has taken the combined brains of our Programming team and eaten most of  the output from our 3D …

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Mummifying Hearts

During my stint as Fringes Catalyst, I am working on a series of new installation works for display in the main foyer area.  The two primary areas of investigation are botany and consumer/everyday genetics.  As part of my look into consumer genetics and the connections between family and genetic inheritance, I am planning to create …

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DNA Jewellery

The DNA jewellery workshop is going ahead again this weekend.  This workshop will show participants how to extract DNA from different materials using common household materials including salt, detergent and rubbing alcohol.  The workshop will also include an overview of key terms and some interesting info about DNA — paticularly how little we still know …

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A Cabinet for Unexpected Life

In response to the little unexpected infestations that have occurred in the basement since starting my project, I have decided to produce a work that comments on the unanticipated discoveries that often occur when working with living organisms. Tentatively titled, A Cabinet for Unexpected Life, the work will most likely consist of a furniture installation incorporating documentation of the mould …

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Welcome to me!

As part of my project at The Edge which continues my engagement across Art, Science and Technology, I am seizing the opportunity to learn more about genetics, particularly consumer genetics and the rising services that promise to reveal insights into what makes you, you. Consequently, I have decided to have my DNA analysed by the US …

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Slimey the mould

In anticipation of our upcoming Slime Mould Maze Madness Workshop, we have imported a new Edge pet. S(he) is growing really well and seems to be enjoying the delicious rolled oats. We have finally received our lab agar, so I will be plating out additional cultures today. With our ongoing contamination issue in the basement, I think …

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