Microbial money looks at possible roles of technology and micro-organisms in shaping our socio-economy, narrated partly through hands-on biological experimentation and scenario building. Could microbes be designed to create an alternative model for the economy, who would use them, and what are the potential conﬂict that may arise as a result? Nature and biological patterns have long been associated with superstition and fortune telling. Micro-organisms, such as bacteria, may also have potential roles in these rituals, with their ability to make seemingly logical decisions that we do not fully comprehend.
The project zooms in on a story of ﬁnanciers and their interaction with the biohacking community. Driven by competition and economic downturn, they seek ways to gain advantage in the stock market through help of a mysterious biohacker who uses microbial cells to forecast ﬂuctuations in the market.
Special Thanks Studiolab, Design Interactions Research, Royal College of Art: Blueprints for the Unknown Matt Macquillan (Lighting and Photography)
Featured Open Fields Exhibition, RIXC, Riga, Latvia Neural Magazine, Summer 2015 Edition Future Fictions, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium Friday Late: Synthetic Aesthetics 2014, V&A, London Revolving Starts & Shaky Grounds Symposium 2014, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany DEAF Festival 2014: The Progress Trap, V2_Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands