Rebecca Klee & Siouxsie Wiles Biolumination
Last year, Siouxsie and Rebecca teamed up to produce the installation Living Light, which explored the fascinating symbiotic relationship between the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid and the bioluminescent bacteria Vibrio fisheri.
In 2014, Siouxsie and Rebecca are bringing bioluminescent bacteria back to the park. Their second installation shifts away from the narrative representation of the bobtail squid and instead focuses on the behaviour and physical properties of the bacteria themselves.
Vessels, tubes and connections form the structure of the installation, evoking how scientists manipulate these bacteria in the laboratory to better understand the mechanisms of infectious diseases.
The bacterial soup is displaced and aerated, creating bursts of blue-green luminescence that flare and fade away. Light appears out of nothing and the invisible becomes visible, as science and artistic expression collide.
The installation soundtrack features selected songs from Rhian Sheehan's album Stories from Elsewhere.
About the Artists
Dr Siouxsie Wiles is a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast who heads the Bioluminescent Superbugs Group at the University of Auckland. There she combines her twin passions to understand and combat infectious diseases. Siouxsie regularly comments on scientific issues through various media channels and is a recent recipient of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication prize.
Rebecca Klee currently works in digital media and marketing but has a long-held interest in how art and design can bring attention and accessibility to science. This stems from her qualifications in medical genetics from Victoria University and surface design from Massey University.