Stefan Schwabe
2010-12

The Kernels of Chimaera

This machine contains living bacteria that produce cellulose from green tea. Each day, the machine automatically harvests a layer of bacterial cellulose that has grown in one of the nine reactor jars. The cellulose is then picked up by a vacuum arm and placed within a small wooden clamp to be inflated by a syringe. Finally, once the inflated cellulose has dried, it is carried upwards by a flow of air and begins to levitate.



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Setup at the Show RCA 2012
Setup at the Show RCA 2012
Flying Kernel, Detail
Flying Kernel, Detail
Mechanics and disk with reactor jars
Mechanics and disk with reactor jars
Harvesting the cellulose, Detail
Harvesting the cellulose, Detail
Syringe and wooden clamp, Detail
Syringe and wooden clamp, Detail
Inflated Kernel, Detail
Inflated Kernel, Detail