Poetics of Anthropocene - 2017

ART and Research

Jadwiga B. Podowska     podowska(at)jadwiga-art.com

Poetics of Anthropocene - sourdough bread objects

The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems. The Anthropocence thus includes, but also transcends, the duration of anthropogenic climate change

Sourdough bread with human hair

Sourdough bread

Vernissage - Sørlandsutstillingen 2017, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand, Norway (11.02.17)


Curatorial composition and presentation of the work at Sørlandsutstillingen

Sourough bread starter. Sourdough is teeming with bugs—some 50 million yeasts and 5 billion lactobacilli bacteria in every teaspoon of starter dough. (http://discovermagazine.com/2003/sep/featscienceof)

"There are millions of kinds of bacteria and fungi on Earth. We have found several thousand species in human belly buttons alone. Yet if you mix flour and water, the community of organisms that colonize the resulting concoction is almost always composed of a small handful of organisms that are able to leaven bread, yielding a sourdough starter. How this happens is one of civilizations great mysteries, a mystery at the heart of the bread making..." Rob Dunn Lab (http://robdunnlab.com/projects/sourdough/)

This is my sourdoug starter which I call April at 200 microscopic magnification