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I Love Extremophiles

@ StoreFrontLab Gallery

October 24-26, 2014

San Francisco

In the future, the Ego becomes the Eco, as our cultural and survival practices become fused with biology and technology. We look to the strategies of ancient life as a method of adaptation to the Anthropocene Epoch.

Extremophiles are nature's original metabolic organisms, flourishing in extreme conditions, utilizing unusual sources of energy including ammonia, metal ions, petrochemicals, and hydrogen gas. Extremophiles are currently being domesticated for resource extraction by the mining and gas industries. Meanwhile, within the urban environment, they remain feral and unstudied, colonizing post-industrial and contaminated sites, slowly but surely metabolizing petrochemicals and other introduced toxins.

Understood as such, extremophile microorganisms can be seen as stewards and change-agents within the industrial landscape; as well as a model for considering hyper-adaptability and site-specificity as compatible design tools within an ecologically destabilized future.

How does one thrive in a wasteland?

Endlesss thanks to the StoreFrontLab curatorial team: Yosh Asato, David Baker, Arianne Gelardin, and Jacob Palmer.

 

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