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Collaborators: Nelson Ramon
BactElecTric was my Master Thesis for the The Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

It was a research started from scratch, the last time I had done scientific or biological work was in high school, but after realizing that the citizen Scientist,/ DIY bio movement was very approachable and that bio Art/Tech projects were at hand... I decided to venture into this field.

The importance of different ways of obtaining energy is vital to our produce-consume-waste cycle of everyday living; this relationship is the seed for BactElecTric, a project born to generate a step towards a friendly and common use of biology and biotechnology.

It’s a way to tap into consumer consciousness toward a resource sustainable awareness of obtaining electricity, altering the “buy and forget” paradigm by cultivating an affective relationship between humans and other living organisms. It emphasizes the idea of growing and caring for your energy source and; is an effort to move away from the typical feelings of distrust or revulsion usually provoked by artistic or commercial projects utilizing living tissues and/or organisms as prime materials.

BactElecTric’s endeavor has found its path thanks to advisors, research papers, public events, experiments, a citizen scientist DIY methodology of making, hacking, open community websites; and key support from Oliver Medvedik Ph.D (Genspace), Judith Schwartz Ph.D (NYU ceramic studio) and ITP.