Raphael Kim

Rotifer Farm

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.

Special Thanks
Dr. Sasha Mikheyev, Okinawa Institute

Website
Rotifer Blog
raphaelkim.co.uk

programme information projects
Rotifer internal view. Rotifer internal view.
Rotifer anatomy. Rotifer anatomy.
Rotifer Farm model installation. Rotifer Farm model installation.
Rotifer Farm components close-up. Circuits I-IV. Rotifer Farm components close-up. Circuits I-IV.
Rotifer feeding port. Rotifer feeding port.
Water flowing through biosensing area. Water flowing through biosensing area.
Rotifer Biosensors
Fluorescent Rotifers