Phenotypica at the Slime event, Institue of Making, UCL, London
We had the pleasure of taking part in the last Festival of Stuff Saturday Extravaganza event at the Institute of Making, at UCL, the past Saturday 24th of March 2018.
Slime was an event about polymers, and our stand was called ‘Art from Polymers: Bioplastic, DNA and Fruit Fly Cocoons’, the three polymers that inspire our artistic practice. We had exhibited two artworks; a video artwork, result of the initial period of Neus’ residency at the Reuter Laboratory at UCL, in which microscopy videos of bioplastic and fruit flies cocoons get decontextualized by the macro view and the constantly changing focal plane (https://vimeo.com/255299709). The other artwork was ‘Incubator for Twin Lifeforms’, an installation inspired by the formation of the pupae, and lots of bioplastic samples that people could manipulate.
We were also cooking bioplastic live and visitors were very engaged with the process, wanting to know more about what each ingredient does. They were leaving our stand inspired by our artworks, with a freshly cooked bioplastic sample, and wanting to experiment with bioplastic themselves!
The event had approximately 4056 visitors; we didn’t stop making bioplastic, talking about its polymer nature, how it links to DNA and fruit flies cocoons and how we make artworks with and draw inspiration from the three of them, and having interesting chats with people. Certainly a great day!