Transient Images (2011)

by C_LAB

Transient images uses bacteria capable of degrading textile dyes (i.e. azo-dyes) to form images. The dye is converted into an intermediate substance that appears clear under anaerobic (without oxygen) conditions and dark blue in aerobic (with oxygen) conditions.

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The image changes from a dye colour, such as orange, to a clear solution and further to a blue colour when oxidized. A matrix of bottles with increasing amount of inoculum (bacteria culture) was used to generate an image during breakdown, appearing and then disappearing. It is this transient state of image formation that gives the work its name.

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