Protoplasmic routes is a BioArt project that explores the growth and learning of the plasmodial slime mold Physarum polycephalum, feeding and growing inside acrylic mazes built on Petri dishes.
This project focuses on the livability of our human species, both from a scientific perspective and also humorous fiction. The story is based on a text I wrote and narrated by Eva, the computerized voice from iOS text to speech.
It focuses in our vital relationship with technology and microorganisms. Our symbionts and co-travelers since our species emerged millions of years ago.
It is a fictional vision of human existence permeated by panspermia, biological computers and humid technologies. It aims to bring a hopeful, and perhaps even humorous approach to the posthuman perspective, narrated by a microscopic elder consciousness.
For ten days I contemplated the complex interactions of growth, movement and learning of slime mold Physarum polycephalum. The beauty of impermanence as a metaphysical reflection became very tangible to me in this process.
Our current times contain large doses of social, economical and political uncertainty. Specially for the ethnical minorities and developing nations. At the accelerated rhythm towards our global Singularity, I believe that revelations for our human coexistence and livability might come in the language-code of non-human forms of life.
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS OF PROTOPLASMIC ROUTES:
– Digital Graffiti Arts Festival 2017, Florida USA
– Central Academy of Fine Arts 2017, Beijing China
– EVA18 Politics of the Machine Conference 2018, Copenhagen Denmark
– PDC18 Participatory Design Conference 2018, Hasselt Belgium
– Wexner Center for the Arts 2018, Columbus Ohio USA
– Digital Arts Biennale 2018, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro Brazil
– The Wall Space Exhibition 2020, Scotland UK
– INSIGHT Conference 2023, Berlin Germany
– Digital Arts Biennial Catalog FAD 2018
– Slime mold in the arts and architecture, River Publishers Denmark 2019
– Antennae Journal #59 Microbial Ecologies 2022
Protoplasmic routes was awarded Curator’s Choice Award at Digital Graffiti Arts Festival 2017
Interview with curator Brett Phares:
Protoplasmic routes at Wexner Center for the Arts 2017, Columbus Ohio USA
Publications of Protoplasmic routes:
Catalogue: Bienal de Arte Digital – Linguagens Hibridas Brasil 2018
Other work by Axel Cuevas Santamaría: