Heather Barnett Slime Mould Workshop

Thursday 11 June, 2015 | 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Tolpuddle House | Room: Co-Lab

This event is FREE and open to public.

BOOKING – it is essential that you book to attend this workshop at: http://blastworkshopjune11.eventbrite.com

“[In] trying to understand systems that use relatively simple components to build higher-level intelligence, the slime mould may someday be seen as the equivalent of the finches and tortoises that Darwin observed on the Galápagos Islands” (Steven Johnson, Emergence 2001).
Join artist Heather Barnett to discover the fascinating role this single celled organism has to play in the cultures of both science and art, and participate in a practical experiment to test its navigational abilities.
Physarum polycephalum is a small yellow microorganism that displays primitive intelligence, problem solving skills and memory. It is used as a model organism in many areas of research including robotics, structural design and biological computing. It also makes for a great creative collaborator: kept dark and damp and fed on a diet of porridge oats, it will grow in beautiful dendritic patterns whilst foraging for food.
All participants will take home their own pet slime mould and contribute to a collective experiment, which will be added to the BLAST exhibition.

Heather Barnett is a visual artist, researcher and educator working with biological and imaging systems. With interests covering biomedicine, perception and emergence, projects have included microbial portraiture, cellular wallpapers, performing cuttlefish and slime mould installations. She is a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, Lecturer on the MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, and leads the Broad Vision art/science research and learning programme at the University of Westminster.