If we look close enough, we are part of an alternative landscape dominated by thriving microbial communities.
My interests lie in communicating our enormous potential to engage ourselves with the microbial world, highlighting possible levels of interactions, and create tangibility from the world that are mostly invisible. I imagined a farm where common, microscopic garden animals could be reared and harnessed with our control. Rotifers are small, mostly freshwater animals, and are amongst the smallest members of the Metazoa: – about 0.5 mm in length or less. Their bodies have a total of around a thousand cells. The farm is divided into different circuits, each designed to cultivate and harness Rotifer’s host of extraordinary characteristics: Their ability to become dormant seeds, incorporate foreign genetic data, and become living biosensors.
Dr. Sasha Mikheyev, Okinawa Institute