The slime mold consists merely of individual cell nuclei with no brain, no center and no body. Nevertheless - these individual cells form something bigger together. You could compare it to a nation. What does a nation initially consist of? Is it the sum of the inhabitants? The institutions? Their flag?
It exists because of lots and lots of different parts that are composed together to form something huge and very complex. This installation explores emergence using a living subject for my experimental research. Three slime mold cultures (Physarum Polycephalum) from different places of the world are cultivated in three tubes. Each of them is connected to a wire that‘s energized with a small amount of voltage. The ambient sound is controlled by their movement through growth and their cell activity. Every culture has its own sound range and all three together form this emergent sound installation.
Since Mazie can grow up to two centimetres per hour, the project changes and influences itself quite fast. The fragile wires are very sensitive, what gives the viewer the possibility to also become a part of the installation. If you come very close, the measurements can be influenced through the three-dimensional arranged wires and it emerges into an even bigger living sculpture.
Furthermore are these mold cultures not only able to control the sound, but also to control the amount of voltage that goes into the next tube. This system then creates a living feedback loop. Scientists discovered, that this slime mold cultures actually were able to memorize things without having a brain. Therefore I wanted to find out if the cultures do recognize each other and if they realised that they could avoid the voltage if they worked together, but that‘s something I need to investigate further for an eventual outcome.