Bacterium/Homo 2-18, Phase 2

In New Zealand customs, my shoes were taken from my suitcase and cleaned by airport personnel. During a residency program at Whitecliffe College, I continued to use my shoe soles as vessels for transfer and bacterial mapping.

Special thanks to Michelle Whitecliffe, Noel Ivanoff, and the Whitecliffe College of Art and Design. 

 

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Each day I mapped where I traveled and swabbed a bacterial sample from the soles of my shoes. These samples were brought back to the studio and cultured on clear acrylic panels, coated with a nutrient agar medium.