Objects of Micromanipulation

Feeder. Tiny needles at the end allow rotifer’s jaw to lock into the feeder. Food supply travels down through the pipe and into the round mixing chamber.

What happens when two worlds of different scales coalesce through the medium of micro-objects? This project looks at potential objects that could be designed to produce tactile interactions between humans and rotifers – The tiny animals that live in the small, unseen ‘paradise’ where micro-organisms thrive.

Rotifers are typically a fraction of a milimetre long, and are normally invisible to the naked eye due to their transparent bodies. Three large-scale objects are presented here, all designed to function in tandem with a specific part of rotifer’s anatomy in mind.
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Rotifer anatomy 1. Jaw & three pairs of teeth (each 0.005mm long) 2. Egg (diameter 0.05mm) 3. Foot & three toes (each 0.005mm long)
Toe Tickler: Microscopic bristles at the end stimulate feets of rotifers
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Egg scoop.
Two-part mesh structure spins to create agitation and allow the eggs to be sucked in. Direction of the spin determines the body shape of the newborn.
Film documenting the objects were shown at 2012 Salone Internazionale del Mobile, 
Milan, as part of RCA exhibition Paradise.
Accompanying article written and published for Salone del Mobile, Milan 2012
Accompanying article written and published for Salone del Mobile, Milan 2012. Cover design by Marine Duroselle.