Materials: Sample of cultured, microbial cellulose -SCOBY, natural materials, wheat

Video: 01:09min

Lightbox: 170x100x6 cm

Object: 20x16x10cm

Framed prints: 4pieces 50x50cm

Project Overview Effect. Museum Of Contemporary Art Belgrade.
Curators: Zoran Erić and Blanca de la Torre

The project Few Stages of Creation is based on the composting process, which is further developed overtime, consisting of several segments. Everything mother nature gives us is a part of herself. It should be appreciated, and used wisely until when it needs to be returned.

In this project I am transforming and using wheat as one of my artistic tools, using its biological benefit and getting a new hybrid aesthetic result. I am using earlier processes which also contain my DNA in the living object, with the inclusion that I am growing green wheat grass. This contains chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes. These characteristics are important for the soaking experiment, including a new-grown material through fermentation. This microbial bio-film is used as a future material – which contains the micro-conditions present in our current environment, finally presented in a light box. This experimental artistic practice is produced by a variety of microorganisms, microbial cellulose and a bio film – a natural polymer which resembles skin and body matter. The project set up involves a Few Stages of Creation, the previously framed photo documentations of the living object and the object itself with the green wheat grass in it and the green juice (from wheat seed) in a smaller glass container with a soaking SCOBY sample. The creation process will be digitally documented and projected on to the wall and the image will be roughly the same size as the light box filled with bio-materials grown earlier.

Photography: Nikola Radić Lucati