The Biological Hermeneutic Library
Artist | Sarah Craske
Scientist | Dr Simon Park
Date | 2016
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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WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO
Dr Simon Park | Senior Lecturer in Microbiology | University of Surrey
Dr Charlotte Sleigh | Historian of Science | University of Kent
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Central Saint Martins | MA Art & Science