Our Collective Fabric // The Microbiome
The Collective

The Exhibition Our Collective Fabric // The Microbiome unites artists, scientists, and the public to explore and grow microbiomes together, emphasizing the vital role these microorganisms play in our physical, mental, emotional and societal health.

The gallery transforms into a creative lab where visitors actively participate in the evolution of their microbiome. Participants will safely transfer microbes from their skin onto agar plates, which will grow into visible shapes over two weeks, forming a fabric of diverse, anonymous organisms. This highlights the beauty of microbial diversity and sparks conversations about our own communities and connections.

Throughout the exhibition, the visitors can follow the growth of these microbial fabrics in person and on Instagram. Our free public programming includes workshops to grow microbes, create art, and engage in discussions with artists and scientists. There will be take-home kits, allowing visitors to continue their exploration and share their experiences beyond the gallery. This initiative aims to dissolve barriers to scientific inquiry and foster creative expression. Some participation involves working directly with microbes and bacteria, which can pose health risks such as allergic reactions or infections. Air purifiers are used, and masks are provided but not required.

In a post-COVID world, this event addresses misconceptions about the microorganisms that we live with everyday, bridging the gap between science and the public. It celebrates New York’s diversity through the lens of the microbiome, illustrating our unique yet interconnected existence. Join us for this experience where science meets art, and curiosity flourishes without judgment.

For more information on Our Collective Fabric, follow them on Instagram.

Curators 

Jessica Das
Sara Fresard
Floor Grootenhuis
Nyhal Metidji
Rachel Parsley
Anika Rahman



Events
Opening Reception + Create a Collective Fabric Score // growing the big plate
Jun 21, 2024 6:00pm-9:00pm
In this workshop you will grow a Collective Fabric with us! We will blend art and science to make the invisible visible, the microbiome. You will safely swab your skin microbes onto one large plate of microbe food, agar. For the duration of the exhibition you can witness how your microbes come to life as they grow together on one big plate. Creating a Collective Fabric is an opportunity to make art with science while you have access to working scientists and artists. Whether you are an art enthusiast, a science lover, or simply curious, there's something for everyone at Our Collective Fabric // The Microbiome. This event is part of our opening.
A ProtoScore // Performing a conversation of curiosity
Jun 28, 2024 6:00pm-9:00pm
A ProtoScore builds relational connections between artists, scientists and the public. It is an experiment, a mutually generative and creative process of conversation that fosters curiosity and connection. It works through a non-hierarchical form of conversation, where each person in the conversation has an equal voice.The ProtoScore was created in Nairobi, Kenya, by artists Jepkorir Rose, James Muriuki, Floor Grootenhuis, and Scientists; Hussein Abkallo, Kelly Nakami and Peterkin Munywoki. It was first performed at the National Museum in December 2024.
Family Microbes: Making Art with Science
Jun 30, 2024 11:00am-1:00pm
Participants in this community engagement art-making workshop will have the opportunity to experience their microbiome. In this event, participants will learn about the microbiome, the diverse community of microorganisms that live on and inside of us. They will then use scientific techniques to plant their own skin microbes on small plates of microbe food, agar. After learning and experiencing this process, participants will create an artistic representation of their experience which will become part of the growing exhibition. This workshop, led by a collective of artists and scientists, mixes art and science to grow our understanding of the essential microbiome.
Family Microbes: Making Art with Science
Jul 7, 2024 11:00am-1:00pm
Participants in this community engagement art-making workshop will have the opportunity to experience their microbiome. In this event, participants will learn about the microbiome, the diverse community of microorganisms that live on and inside of us. They will then use scientific techniques to plant their own skin microbes on small plates of microbe food, agar. After learning and experiencing this process, participants will create an artistic representation of their experience which will become part of the growing exhibition. This workshop, led by a collective of artists and scientists, mixes art and science to grow our understanding of the essential microbiome. Our exhibition closing will follow this event.
Closing Reception
Jul 7, 2024 2:00pm-5:00pm
Join our mailing list.

675 3rd Ave,
32nd floor,
New York, NY 10017

info@chashama.org
© 2024
Privacy Policy