Tagged: bioluminescence

Monday Micro – glowing bugs return to the park! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 10, 2014

This Thursday, bioluminescent bacteria will once again be making an appearance at Auckland’s Art in the Dark festival. ‘Biolumination‘ is the result of my second collaboration with artist Rebecca Klee. This year sees our glowing bacteria being displayed in custom-built glass vessels which remind me a lot of the fishing lines our native glow … Read More

Monday Micro: glowing dog bones in Taranaki! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 29, 2014

From the Taranaki Daily News comes a story that is right up my street. Fiona Wallis gave her dog a bone and found it to be giving off an eerie blue light. What could it be? It’s most likely to be coming from bacteria so the questions people are likely to be asking are: what is … Read More

Lighting up Wellington’s waterfront - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 31, 2014

For the last week, Wellington has been positively glowing thanks to the lux festival. This year I collaborated with artist Brittany Byrne to bring a touch of bioluminescence to the proceedings – rather appropriate given the genes that encode bacterial bioluminescence are known as the lux operon. Previously Brittany created Nimbus – a work involving hundreds, if … Read More

Bacterial art in Melbourne – Market of the Mind - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 25, 2014

Let’s make some bacterial art! This week I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in Australia’s National Science Week. My week started in Hobart, Tasmania, where I got to hang out with science communication superstars Carin Bondar, Derek Muller (AKA Veritasium) and Destin Sandlin (AKA Smarter Every Day), performing on stage … Read More

Monday Micro – Bioluminescent bacteria photobooth - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 14, 2014

For those curious how our bioluminescent photo booth went at Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) recently, the results are up on Flickr. As a quick reminder, the light being used to illuminate the subjects was being supplied by glowing bacteria growing on large petri dishes. We used a 6 second exposure to take the pictures which … Read More

Science Street Fair - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 02, 2014

Want your picture taken by the glow of bioluminescent bacteria? Then come along to Auckland’s inaugural Science Street Fair this weekend! Those in Auckland this weekend should come along to MOTAT on Sunday for the inaugural Science Street Fair. They’ll be a whole heap of science on display, including a hovercraft, 3D printing, DNA extractions and … Read More

Monday Micro: Glowing genitals! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 02, 2013

When I tell people my lab make nasty bacteria glow in the dark, they usually look at me a bit funny. They look at me even funnier when I tell them it helps us see where the bacteria are. Seriously. Everyone must have done that experiment where you put your hand over the top of a torch, and you can … Read More

Art (& Science!) in the Dark - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 10, 2013

This weekend, Western Park in Auckland was transformed with the installation of 40 works of art. And a little bit of science…. Craig Neilson and Reza Fuard’s piece, Penduluminosity, takes the form of a series of giant glowing swinging pendulums, which trace a series of wave-forms when set in motion. Glimpsing the double helix of a … Read More

Monday Micro: Glowing squid to appear in Auckland! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 04, 2013

Who wouldn’t want to see a load of 3D printed squid filled with glowing bacteria?! For three nights this week (Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th November), Auckland’s Western Park will be transformed into a place of wonder and delight as the annual Art in the Dark festival takes place. This year over 40 artists will … Read More