The Biological Hermeneutic Library

Artist | Sarah Craske
Scientist | 
Dr Simon Park
Date | 

Medium | Dried Blood Agar | Petri Dishes | Yet to be Identified, Dehydrated Bacteria | MDF | White Lacquer | LED Lights | Perspex | Chromed Brass.
Dimensions | H180cm x W80cm x D40cm


Bacteria were isolated by Dr Simon Park from the colonies that arose from the Biological Hermeneutic Prints. These were sub-cultured by streak dilution to ensure pure strains were attained, then subsequently stored in cryovials at 80 degrees centigrade ready for DNA analysis. Instead of disposing of the used petri dishes & agar, as would be normal scientific practice, Dr Simon Park & Sarah Craske carefully dried the bacteriological agar to generate thin glass-like films to preserve the biological information in an alternative, less conventional (in scientific terms) manner, ready for archival storage.
Sarah Craske designed & built the archive, ready to store the bacteria harvested from the book. This archive is the first of many relating to the transdiscipline, Biological Hermeneutics.


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Dr Simon Park | Senior Lecturer in Microbiology | University of Surrey
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