SUBCULTURE: MICROBIAL METRICS AND THE MULTI-SPECIES CITY
Kevin Slavin / Elizabeth Hénaff / The Living (David Benjamin, John Locke, Danil Nagy, Damon Lau, Dale Zhao, Ray Wang, Jim Stoddart, Lorenzo Villaggi)
In collaboration with Evan Eisman Company / DIA (Mitch Paone, Meg Donahue)
September 19th, 2018 – January 12th, 2019 97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY
Exhibition Opening: September 18th, 2018
Press and Members Preview: 6 pm – 7 pm
Public Opening: 7 pm – 9 pm
What are the microbial metrics of our urban spaces? The species that occupy our cities are much more abundant and diverse than we know. The “Tree of Life” — an index of all biological organisms on earth — indicates that 99% of all life on earth is invisible to the human eye, both unnamed and unnoticed. Archaea and bacteria dominate the genetic weight of nature, consisting of everything from pathogens that give us the flu, to microbes that raise plants from soil. Unicellular organisms exist at the bottoms of oceans, in subzero environments, and even in radioactive exclusion zones. It is in our cities, however, that their microbial ecologies are uniquely complex. Cities are filled with people, and these people are in turn filled with billions and trillions of microorganisms.
Subculture utilizes the technological innovations of small-scale genetic sequencing devices to transform Storefront’s gallery space into an active “urban metagenomic sensor.” As a living environment and analytic laboratory, it collects, extracts, sequences, and analyzes the microbial life of its immediate environment.
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