The microbiome biosphere as an artistic resource

Patrícia R. Moreira*

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The microbiome has become one of the most recognizable research subjects and presences in the headlines of news and scientific articles published in almost every biological science area in the last few years. The steady decline in the price of DNA sequencing has enabled metagenomics, community analysis and genome sequencing to enter routine research in microbiology and biotechnology laboratories all around the world. The already open access to national and international databases that include nucleotide (including full genomes) and protein sequences such as GenBank or EMBL-Bank and a multitude of free bioinformatic software resources accessible online, along with the international efforts towards open science publication and open data, allow the possibility of the microbiome and microbiota to be envisaged as a potential data and material resource for new media art projects especially for artists interested in biological processes. Recent results on the creation of synthetic life that are already testing the boundaries of life could be another approach for the creative exploration of microbiology and microbial processes from the artistic point of view. This article will attempt to uncover and reflect on the potential for further exploration of this resource.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-77
Number of pages7
JournalTechnoetic Arts
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Contemporary art
  • Ecological relations
  • Microbiome
  • Open science
  • Scientific databases
  • Synthetic life


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