Here is the draft of the writing I did using the bacterial, paper, and online cut-up machines during my residency at SymbioticA. Please send any feedback you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXCERPTS IN VITRO
I hollowed out an old histology textbook, and I plan on growing E. coli inside of it.
I aim to utilize bacterial, digital, and paper cut-up techniques, plugging text through the different machines/generators. Here I cut up a paragraph from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.”
I bought a couple books from a second hand bookshop: Michael Crichton’s “Prey,” Hans Holzer’s “Born Again,” and Richard Mark’s “Memory and Nerve Cell Connections.” I felt more anxious about cutting up pages from the books than from subjecting the bacteria to equal amounts of abuse.
The dried out cut up looks a bit like bacon. Unfortunately, it smells more like poop.
Here’s the text I transcribed from the bacteria.
I’m hoping to incorporate phrases from this cut-up text in my writing.
I bend and pull on the agar to cut up the bacterial text.
The nutrient media is jello-like, slightly warm after sitting in the incubator, and slimy. I lift it out of the petri dish to start my experiment.