Margarita Osipian

The Mold Fight Begins!

Our first mold battle

Our newest installation at the Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition is a tiny agar-filled stadium where we will host mold fights. The first fight will be between our visitor Marco's bacteria and the elusive and extremely intelligent slime mold we have been growing and cultivating in the Mediamatic clean room.


boxing petri dish - Bacteria and fungus ready to fight. This image is part of the Mold Fight installation in the Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition. Abel


During Museum Nacht 2011, we collected the bacterial and fungal imprints of our visitors on petri-dishes and made it into a collaborative installation. We let our visitor's bacteria grow, but lately it's been sitting around waiting patiently for its day in the spotlight, and now its time has come! We will take the bacteria from the petri-dishes and put it on some fresh agar to grow strong for each match. The first worthy opponent to step into the ring will be Marco Roling, whose bio-sample we collected during Museum Nacht.


Marco's bio-sample after 3 weeks - This sample is part of the Petri Dish Wall installation . Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition, Mediamatic Bank 2011. This picture was taken with the Mediamatic Mobile ikCam .

With: Marco Roling

Slime Mold

Marco's bacteria will be put into the stadium today to battle it out against the slime mold, which is known for its intelligence and extremely cunning tricks. Everything will be documented on a time-lapse camera for some handy play-by-play action.


Slime mold - Slime mold that we have been growing in the lab. This slime mold is part of the Mold Fight installation in the Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition. Simone Schoutens

With: Antal Ruhl

The fight will last for one week, at which point the winner will be revealed. If Marco's bacteria beats the slime mold, he will be treated to complimentary beers at the Mediamatic Bank.

More information

If we have your bacteria sample, but you didn't get an email about participating in the mold fight, then please email Margarita to join the fight.

This installation is part of the Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition. Read more about the Mold Fight installation here.

Paddestoelen Paradijs is open daily from 13.00 - 19.00 and from 13.00 - 18.00 on the weekends. Single admission is €2.50 and €5.00 for a one month membership. The membership gives you unlimited access to the exhibition for one month and a discount for the Ignite Amsterdam and salon events.


Cultivating slime mold in the lab - Artist, Antal Ruhl, is cultivating slime mold in the Mediamatic clean room. This is for the Mold Fight installation, which is part of the Paddestoelen Paradijs exhibition. Simone Schoutens

With: Antal Ruhl