Painting With Bioluminescent Bacteria

May 16, 2021

May 16, 2021

11:00 AM To 2:00 PM

Online: EDT (USA)

$25 - $50

Event Description

In this workshop, we’ll explore bioluminescence in nature, and use it as a material to create living art and design.

Bioluminescence, or the ability of organisms to emit and produce light, is a phenomenon that is both aesthetically beautiful and scientifically intriguing.

In this workshop, we’ll explore bioluminescent bacteria as a material for experimental art and design applications. You’ll design your own Vibrio fischeri bioluminescent bacteria culture and use experimental art techniques to design the growth and shape of your culture. We’ll also dive into some of the science behind why bioluminescence occurs, and speculate on the potential of using sustainable bioluminescent life as a light source.

Genspace is currently unable to provide supplies for this workshop. If you’d like to participate in the hands-on portion of the workshop alongside our instructor, please be sure to purchase your supplies in advance. You’ll get access to the supply list with links to recommended suppliers after you’ve completed your registration.

Your registration gets you access to the live Zoom class, along with a recording of the class to view afterwards.

Accessibility Statement: Genspace is committed to ensuring that our online classes, events, and workshops are as accessible as possible, and can meet the ever-changing needs of our community. As we navigate the opportunities and challenges of online programming, we are constantly learning and adjusting our workflows to prioritize accessibility, and we’d love to hear any feedback our community might have. Please contact us if you have specific accessibility requests or questions.

Meet the Instructor

Nikki Romanello (she/her) was born and raised in Texas. As a kid she spent free time observing and collecting natural artifacts. In high school she was accepted into a four year AP art program. During her first year of college, she worked in a natural science lab where she gained experience with several scientific processes including; lab prep, dissection, and plant cultivation. She received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and a Concentration in Photography at Maryland Institute of College of Art in Baltimore. During her last two years of undergrad she devoted herself to metal sculpture. After graduating, she experienced several job opportunities and built a sculpture studio. Her work experience includes the Baltimore Museum of Art, Harris Rubin, New Arts Foundry, and volunteering at the University of Maryland Iron Pour. She graduated with an MFA in Studio Art, majoring in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She worked as a metal department teaching assistant and metal shop technician during her MFA. After graduating she worked for Will Ryman, Robert Lazzarini, and 3rd Ward. She also participated in a one year artist residency at Hot Wood Art Center and had a solo Bio Art show at the University Science Center in Philadelphia. Currently, she is researching various science disciplines, and teaching art and science classes at Brooklyn Brainery and Genspace.


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