[ISEA2015] Workshop: Tyler Fox, Carlos Castellanos & Steven Barnes – Constructing Microbial Fuel Cells: Mobile Bioenergy Lab

Workshop Statement

Mobile Bioenergy Lab (MBL) consists of a trailer-mounted mobile community research laboratory that invites citizens to explore the creative use of bioenergy technologies. MBL will be exhibited in ISEA 2015. This hands-on tutorial will introduce participants to the construction of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) with easily attainable materials and organic matter, such as kitchen waste.
As we create MFCs, we will also lead participants through different forms of techno-microbial interactions. Through a combination of facilitation and open-ended studio, we will explore diverse topics such as microscopy, chemical sensation and sonification as means of establishing interactive projects involving microbial life. The tutorial outcomes will be used as a starting point for subsequent community-based tutorials and demonstrations at the MBL site on False Creek during ISEA2015. Duration: Whole Day dprime.org/projects/mbl/isea2015

  • Tyler Fox, University of Washington | Bothell Studio Director, IMD, Seattle, WA, USA.
    Tyler Fox is an artist, researcher and educator interested in posthumanism, relational ontology, process philosophy, assemblage, nonhumans, emergence, technology…and more. His work focuses on creating shared experiences between humans and nonhumans. He received his PhD from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University and an MFA in Intermedia from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. He holds BAs in Art History and the Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington. tylersfox.com
  • Carlos Castellanos, Kansas State University, US
  • Steven Barnes, Instructor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA.  stevenjbarnes.com