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Glowing fun at the MOTAT Science Street Fair Siouxsie Wiles Apr 02

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Thanks to Heather Hendrickson for the photos!

Thanks to Heather Hendrickson for the photos!

Last weekend the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab took part in this year’s Science Street Fair at MOTAT in Auckland. We had the GlowBooth up and running again (at least until the camera’s battery died!) and 262 people joined us to make some bioluminescent art. There were lots of smiley faces drawn this time!

GlowBooth photos are up on Flickr here.

Glowing art photos are up on Flickr here.

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In search of glowing limpets! Siouxsie Wiles Apr 01

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Project Twin Streams community coordinator Derek March holds up a rock for us to see the little limpets

Project Twin Streams community coordinator Derek March holds up a rock for us to see the little limpets (the black splodge by his finger at the top of the photo!)

Several years ago I was interviewed on Radio NZ by Kim Hill for her Playing Favourites segment. Afterwards I was contacted by Stephen Moore, an entomologist at Landcare Research, who told me about Latia neritoides, the world’s only bioluminescent freshwater limpet, which is only found on the North Island of New Zealand. He offered to take me to see it, and later that year I found myself splashing around in the Opanuku Stream. Sadly, Stephen died not that long afterwards, but Project Twin Streams community coordinator Derek March continues in his footsteps, taking the public to see the limpets and experience their bioluminescence.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking Veronika Meduna, from Radio NZ’s weekly science show Our Changing World, to see the limpets with Derek and a group of friends and family. Veronika recorded our trip so you can hear us splashing about and enthusing about the limpets and other wildlife here.

Latia neritoides live on rocks where they feed off organic matter like algae. They release a bright glowing slime when disturbed, which suggests they use it for defense, either to startle or distract their predator. It’s certainly a beautiful sight, even if it is slime!

Latia luminescence. Photo courtesy of Stephen Moore & Landcare Research

Glowing limpet slime. Photo courtesy of Stephen Moore & Landcare Research

Biolumination II: Meet the artists! Katherine Yang Siouxsie Wiles Apr 01

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Biolumination - Katherine

Photo taken by Benj Brooking.

On Saturday the 14th March I organised Biolumination II as part of thinkScience day at the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival. I challenged a group of artists and illustrators to each come up with a work of art using just a solution of harmless bioluminescent bacteria and a collection of 25 x 25 cm square petri-dishes. I want to introduce you to each of the artists and show off their amazing pieces.

Meet Katherine Yang!

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Katherine is a renegade high school student. Seeking release from the traditional brush and canvas, she veers toward the intersection between Art and Technology. Watch out for this one. In her piece, Decay, she illustrates the eventual exchange from order to disorder. Though a virtual slave to the austerity of the straight line, Katherine concedes the emergence of wibbly bacterial forms in her work. Only when nature takes over, though.

Biolumination II: Meet the artists! Helen Beech Siouxsie Wiles Mar 31

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Biolumination - Helen

On Saturday the 14th March I organised Biolumination II as part of thinkScience day at the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival. I challenged a group of artists and illustrators to each come up with a work of art using just a solution of harmless bioluminescent bacteria and a collection of 25 x 25 cm square petri-dishes. I want to introduce you to each of the artists and show off their amazing pieces.

Meet Helen Beech (@beechworks)!

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Born Morecambe England 1972
Currently living in a lovely cottage beside the
Puhoi River, surrounded by birds and trees.
Painting her heart out.
And selling it online.

Biolumination II: Meet the artists! Julia Marchwicka Siouxsie Wiles Mar 30

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Biolumination - Julia

Photo taken by Benj Brooking.

On Saturday the 14th March I organised Biolumination II as part of thinkScience day at the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival. I challenged a group of artists and illustrators to each come up with a work of art using just a solution of harmless bioluminescent bacteria and a collection of 25 x 25 cm square petri-dishes. I want to introduce you to each of the artists and show off their amazing pieces.

Meet Julia Marchwicka!

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Julia is currently finishing her BA/BSc at the University of Auckland, majoring in English and Biology. Just like in her study, she enjoys exploring the links between art and science on a daily basis. Whenever Julia is not writing last minute assignments or cramming for tests, she spends her time working with black ink and watercolours.

Biolumination II: Meet the artists! Laura Ward Siouxsie Wiles Mar 28

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Biolumination - Laura

Photo taken by Benj Brooking.

On Saturday the 14th March I organised Biolumination II as part of thinkScience day at the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival. I challenged a group of artists and illustrators to each come up with a work of art using just a solution of harmless bioluminescent bacteria and a collection of 25 x 25 cm square petri-dishes. I want to introduce you to each of the artists and show off their amazing pieces.

Meet Laura Ward!

Laura Ward

Laura is a research associate at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research. Her current work involves using genetic barcoding techniques to monitor the ecology of insects in fruit orchards and other productive landscapes. Laura is also an avid self-taught face painter and body artist on the weekends.

Glow Booth at the Auckland Arts Festival Siouxsie Wiles Mar 27

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Sticky TV

Jahmaine & Walter from kids TV show Sticky TV on FOUR experience the Glow Booth

The Glow Booth, where people are photographed illuminated only by the light of glowing bacteria, made an appearance at thinkScience day as part of the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival. A huge thanks to Benj Brooking for help taking the photos. During the 4 hours the booth was open, 205 people came to be photographed. We’ve loaded their portraits on Flickr here.

Biolumination II: Meet the artists! Rodrigo Vidal Siouxsie Wiles Mar 26

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Biolumination - Rodrigo

Photo taken by Benj Brooking.

On Saturday the 14th March I organised Biolumination II as part of thinkScience day at the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival. I challenged a group of artists and illustrators to each come up with a work of art using just a solution of harmless bioluminescent bacteria and a collection of 25 x 25 cm square petri-dishes. I want to introduce you to each of the artists and show off their amazing pieces.

Meet Rodrigo Vidal!

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Rodrigo finished his interior design studies in 2007 in Santiago, Chile. After spending 4 great years learning from a beautiful team and developing his passion for furniture and interior design, he decided a change was needed and went traveling. While in India Rodrigo developed his love of illustration, which he is continuing to develop working as part of the design team at TILE SPACE – ELLERSLIE. Rodrigo draws his own life, his own stories and points of view about the here and now.

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Petri dish art at the Auckland Arts Festival Siouxsie Wiles Mar 26

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petridish art

As part of the thinkScience day at the 2015 Auckland Art Festival, we spent 2 hours letting kids and their families make their own bioluminescent bacterial art using just a cotton bud, a petri dish and a solution of harmless bioluminescent bacteria. Many thanks to James Dalton, Claire Honney, Hannah Read, Simon Swift and Benedict Uy for their help running this activity. Almost 200 children took part. The next day I photographed their glowing art works and put them up on Flickr for them to see.

If you are in Auckland this weekend and want to come have a try, we’ll be at the MOTAT Science Street Fair on Sunday!

Biolumination II: Meet the artists! Hope Sutherland Siouxsie Wiles Mar 25

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Biolumination - Hope

Hope Sutherland’s ‘Typhoid fever’ for Biolumination II. Photo taken by Benj Brooking.

On Saturday the 14th March I organised Biolumination II as part of thinkScience day at the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival. I challenged a group of artists and illustrators to each come up with a work of art using just a solution of harmless bioluminescent bacteria and a collection of 25 x 25 cm square petri-dishes. I want to introduce you to each of the artists and show off their amazing pieces.

Meet Hope Sutherland!

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Hope is a young adult in a state of limbo between biology & the arts. Needless to say, she pounced eagerly at the idea of glowing bacterial paint.

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