microbial symbiosis, Makesense, Gianmaria Vernetti

Microbial symbiosis, united we stand

New wereable projetcs and innovative relationships between life forms

Articles by Gianmaria Vernetti July 13, 2015

According to Wikipedia, microbial symbiosis is a form of interaction between hosts and microbial organisms that is beneficial to both parties. But what is symbiosis? Symbiosis is the relationship between two different kinds of living things that live together and depend on each other.

I have to admit that I have been fascinated in the last months by microbes and algae. That’s why I found a lot of really interesting projects such as The Society for Bacteria & Human Relations by Selwa Sweidan.

Recently I found on CreativeApplications.Net a great initiative called Mushtari.

Mushtari is a wereable device developed by Neri Oxman at the MIT Mediated Matter Group (MIT Media Lab)  in collaboration with Stratasys.
t is a new way to approach the relationship between primitive and sophisticated life forms, such as human beings and microbes.

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Mushtari is a 3D printed wereable device, embedded with synthetic microorganisms that can act as a microbial factory enhancing and augmenting biological functionality.
Mushtari is based on the concept of microbial symbiosis, such as microalgae of cyanobacteria and compatible microbes such as a baker’s yeast.

In Mushtari, “the photosynthetic microbe converts sunlight to sucrose – table sugar – which is then consumed by compatible microbes and converted into materials such as pigments, drugs, food, fuel and scents. The wearer would ideally be able to trigger the microbes to produce a particular substance – for example a scent, a color pigment, or fuel”.

The wereable device has been designed using generative growth algorithms that process mimic biological growth by generating recursive forms over many iterations.
The geometry and parameters create a single channel growing over multiple iterations generating therefore 58 meters of inner channels with different diameters.

Projects like Mushtari highlight how technology can further expand the potentialities of nature and of our body.

I truly think it makes sense.