PICA Day 46
oh I am so bad at this blogging caper! Must do it during the day as I get so tired by the evening! Am still a bit flu sick - mostly tired now, it has been so hard to get up before 10. Managed this morning tho and am in my usual spot in the gallery on this glorious Perth spring day.
Cleaned out the Daphnia as they had died again. Might be the algae coating the vessel or maybe I hadnt put enough adults. Shian said they dont do so well if there arent any adults. So cleaned vessel and put new water and 10 adults from the backup on the work bench. Fed & they seem to be doing well a few hours later.
The slime mold has sporulated! My research suggests that it sporulates when exposed to light, but it has been exposed to light for 46 days and just does it now? Curiouser & curiouser.
Had a fascinating talk with Neil, one of the PICA gallery attendants (“GA’s”) this morning. He has a background in art & sustainability and used to race pigeons and was telling me stories about caring and breeding racing pigeons. Humans are fascinating creatures. We then moved onto evolutionism & creationism, religion and climate change. One of the beautiful aspects of this project has been the intimate snapshots of the lives of the humans that enter the space and the stories they are inspired to share with me. Evocative objects indeed!
PICA Day 23: Physarum polycephalum
Starting to get manky. Very excited! Smells sweet. It is so spectacular. Fascinated that it is only growing up the room side of the vessel not the wall side. Need to feed tomorrow.
PICA Day 9: Physarum polycephalum
PICA Day 8: Physarum polycephalum
Checked out lab growth experiments. Amazing stuff - the older plates which were contaminated with some incredible fungus are recovering, there is still slime mold on them.