03 Oct '12, 6pm
"Rumplestiltskin" Bacteria Digests Toxic Liquid, Poops 24-Karat Gold
Their setup uses a living system as a “vehicle for artistic exploration,” says Brown. The artwork consists of a portable laboratory made of out of 24-karat gold-plated hardware, a glass bioreactor, and the bacteria, which, together, produce gold over the course of a week in front of an audience. Accompanying the equipment is a series of images made with a scanning electron microscope. Using ancient gold-illumination techniques, Brown applied 24-karat gold leaf to regions of the prints where a bacterial gold deposit had been identified, so that each print contains some of the bioreactor-produced gold.