The Creeping Garden (2015)


An interesting profile of the fungus-like organism, slime mould, unknown to the general public but rich with insights into science-based reasoning and its applications. Scientific aspirations are generally optimistic, and their inherent observational and experimental processes are crucial to positive human progress. What is known about slime mould is already being applied to artistic processes, and mathematical computation.

Here’s a fact: slime mould will naturally travel the path of least resistance to any food source. When encased in a maze-like structure, it enriches scientists’ knowledge of escape routes for emergency situations. When trapped inside a shape like say, the country of Germany, it will spread in a way that traces the actual man-made roads and highways. Slime mould suggests a relationship between form and computation. It even seems to inherit the territorial properties caused by political conflicts as the paths traced by slime mould outlined the division of Germany into East and West.

It’s just an organism feeding on chemicals, but it seems to infer the pulsating rhythm of synapses firing in our brain. It could be a microscopic model of our thought process. Artists use it to compose music, or produce visuals, and promote its similarity to human intelligence.

More information on the topic of slime mould:

Heather Barnett uses slime mould in her artistic practice.

Eduardo Miranda plays a piano duet with slime mould.

Slime Mould Collective is a site for exchanging and researching about slime mould.



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