We have managed to come together at (Art)ScienceBLR -well, not all of us, but 3 members from Lifepatch, 1 from Switzerland arrived here in Bangalore for a meet-up and residency. We were welcomed by great posters.
In reflecting back, we have done a lot – not surprisingly, the weeks flew by.
We had interactions with the students of Yashas’ class at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology – through class work in the Sensors Probes and Detectors II– also going to the Puttenahalli Lake to take samples.
Aside from meeting people, we started to look into new tools and materials. Inspired by the work of Emmanuela Ascari from her Utopiana residency, we started experimenting with circular chromatography on our soil and sediment samples. We are also thinking of other reagents to look at the kombucha processing of sugars. Another process we started was preparing the silk for possibly printing and casting. We also made glycerol stocks of our bioreporters now safely in the -80C freezer at NCBS. There was also a parallel program with I.S.R.O. the Indian sonic research organization.
All of this sharing and working together was a great way for us to update and learn about each others’ work.
Iyok presented updates of the projects, which has grown into a web of projects. For example, the Lifepatch map that started based on Ushahidi, and had evolved to the Laravel Database Designer project has evolved into Democratic Databases and now they are Mighty Bits presented at Dutch Design Week.
What we learned to appreciate was that projects go through phases – and our interests are connected in this meshwork of activities and the projects are growing by meeting people and learning and sharing activities.
It was very insightful to hear from Nopel’s work that consistent presence of 2 years is necessary to establish a self-sustaining community, with external community managers present.
Consistency and long-term thinking …
We also saw that everyone really enjoys reading booklets about the activities, especially when visiting new people and places – here is Dholy and Nopel engrossed in looking at some of (Art)ScienceBLR’s beautiful documentation.
We would like to make a book for biodesign.cc.
It was nice to meet again in person – nothing replaces face-to-face working together….and sharing food and experiences together. Thanks again, (Art)ScienceBLR for hosting us!