|27 / 28 0ct 2008 / intelligent_bacteria?|
|Wednesday, 27 August 2008 20:47|
Rapid development of biotechnology so far has been an interesting topic to explore in relation to art and technology. Constant research and studies by artists and scientists to seek a rudimentary form of intelligence from the simplest things alive; bacteria, and its’ relation to aesthetic and use for human daily purpose. 'The House of Natural Fiber’ / HONF lab will continue ‘Education Focus Program’ / EFP agenda in a discussion between artists and scientist on the topics of intelligent_bacteria? ; forms of intellectual in bacteria system of communication, networking and signal processing.
Single-celled microorganisms were the first forms of life to develop on earth, approximately 3–4 billion years ago. Microorganisms can be found almost anywhere in the taxonomic organization of life on the planet. Bacteria and archaea are almost always microscopic, while a number of eukaryotes are also microscopic, including most protists, some fungi, as well as some animals and plants. Microorganisms are vital to humans and the environment, as they participate in the Earth's element cycles such as the carbon cycle and nitrogen cycle, as well as fulfilling other vital roles in virtually all ecosystems, such as recycling other organisms' dead remains and waste products through decomposition. Intelligent bacteria will discuss about biotechnology exploration of possibilities in microorganism on sustainable development of art, science and technology. HONF will facilitate the dialogue between artists and scientists in seeking new collaboration in relation to biotechnology. The program is enlisted as below:
Venue: Faperta UGM
In this opportunity, UGM (Gadjah Mada University) with HONF will accommodate participants to take a close look on Biotechnology Lab. The tour agenda will also explain the process, methods, instruments and function of Biotechnology researches especially for agricultural purpose. The agenda will continue with a presentation and discussion about Biotechnology and Environment friendly innovations in recent development of technology. The discussion will bring up responses and actions from scientists and artists in a collaborative problem solving method by using microorganism function in food, energy and waste disposal treatment.
There are approximately ten times as many bacterial cells as human cells in the human body, with large numbers of bacteria on the skin and in the digestive tract. Although the vast majority of these bacteria are rendered harmless by the protective effects of the immune system, and a few are beneficial, some are pathogenic bacteria and cause infectious diseases, including cholera, syphilis, anthrax, leprosy and bubonic plague. The most common fatal are respiratory infections, with tuberculosis alone killing about 2 million people a year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. In industry, bacteria are important in processes such as sewage treatment, the production of cheese and yoghurt through fermentation, as well as biotechnology, and the manufacture of antibiotics and other chemicals.
Bacteria are vital in recycling nutrients, with many important steps in nutrient cycles depending on these organisms, such as the fixation of nitrogen from the atmosphere and putrefaction. Our pictures show the role of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in supporting the growth of plants (Leucaena leucadendron and Macroptilium artropurpureum)
Most bacteria have not been characterized, and only about half of the phyla of bacteria have species that can be cultured in the laboratory.
Venue: HONF laboratory
All events are open for public and completely free. HONF invites any personal from any discipline to participate in these events.