Shaping Micro-Organisms

Biotalk 09 - with Fabai Wu, Moyashimon and Kamiel Rongen

16 Apr 2015

How do microbes move around? What if you shape them, can you trace their behavior? This Biotalk is all about the movement of micro-organisms and visualizing this in both animations and real life camera shots. We will talk microscopic geometric forms with Fabai Wu, the Japanese anime series Moyashimon and the water-reactions videoclips by Kamiel Rongen.

Join us for food at 18:30, talks at 20:00.


Audience of Biotalk watching Kamiel Rongen's mesmerizing short film filmed in a fish bowl - Xiang Yu Yeung

Fabai Wu

Nanotechnology can be used to study the movements of microbes and the fascinating architectures inside them. Fabai Wu shapes bacteria and then studies the pattern formation and genome organisation in these bacteria. He shapes them into triangles, circles, squares and rectangles to explore how molecules oscillate and automatically find directions within these shapes. At Biotalk he will explain the research he does for TU Delft and we'll get a graphical and moving view on the micro-organisms.


Fabai Wu speaks at Biotalk - Xiang Yu Yeung

With: Fabai Wu

Kamiel Rongen

Fascinated by water and all the reactions with other materials Kamiel Rongen started making video's that go with his work as musician. Contrary to what it feels like everything you see is real and created in the space of a fishbowl.


Moyashimon is short for the Japanese manga series Moyashimon, Tales of Agriculture by Masayuki Ishikawa. It features a first year student at an agricultural university, who has a unique ability to see and communicate with bacteria and other micro-organisms. We will show a short part of the series.


Kamiel Rongen speaks at Biotalk - Xiang Yu Yeung


Biotalk: Shaping Micro-Organisms
Thursday 16 april
Food and doors open at 18.30
Start talks at 20.00
Biotoop Mediamatic, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: €8,50 (€3,50 for members)

Students pay only €5! Fill in the discount code 'micromicro' at the checkout. Note: we will ask you to show your student card at the ticketservice.

Previously at Biotalk

How to visualize that, what is to small for the eye to see? Can fungi digest plastic?
How do micro-organisms exchange resources with the environment? Is it possible to grow architecture? And how will designing with organisms change our perspective on art, design, food and beer? These are just a couple of questions we tried to answer in the past editions of Biotalks.

Previous speakers: Jalila Essaïdi, Jonas Edvard, Maurizio Montalti from Officina Corpuscoli, Suzanne van Beest, Ivan Henriques, Bernelle Verster, Phil Ross, Toby Kiers, Zeger Reijers, Matthew D. Whiteside, Spela Petrič


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