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Science+Art+Design Workshop: Microbial Pigments

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10:00 am to 11:30 am

University Center, 618 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

PLEASE NOTE: We are offering two sessions. Each workshop is two days; an experiment session and a results session. The sections are paired as follows: 

March 8th and March 15th

March 9th and March 16th

Using naturally and artificially-pigmented bacteria and user-generated designs, you will create living images and patterns. These patterns will be pressed and fixed onto fabric. Printing: We will press and print our images onto fabric or paper and fix the image in place. Techniques in this workshop include Aseptic technique and antibiotic and artificial selection for microbes.

Sponsored by The Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, The Provost Office, and The New School's Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.


Video:  2015. New School Bacteria Painting Workshop. Link (3 min)

Artist Statement: Chieza, N. 2013. Faber Futures. The Rhizosphere Pigment Lab.  Dublin Science Gallery. Link

Video: TED Talk with Natsai Audrey Chieza. Link (3 min)

News DIY: Rutkin, A. Jan 6, 2016. Pigment-making microbes could replace dirty synthetic dyes. New Scientist. Link ( for full text go the New School Library Databases).

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Getting Here

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By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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This event requires registration.