Community of Microbes

LocationDate

Cooper Union

Community of Microbes Exhibition

Location: 7 East 7th Street, netween Third and Fourth Avenues

Gallery Dates: Friday, October 25 - Friday, November 22

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-7pm; Sa-Su 12pm-7pm

Student Group Visits: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm

See the unseen world. The Community of Microbes exhibition explores populations of bacteria, yeast, and fungi too small to see by the eye alone through an augmented-reality-enabled interactive pop-up. Artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, in partnership with microbiologist Anne Madden, creates a series of eight environments through sculpture and technology that illuminates the secrets behind the success of microorganisms in order to bring their complex, unseen world to new audiences—both in person and online. The exhibition is presented by the Cooper’s Albert Nerken School of EngineeringSTEM Outreach.

Community of Microbes invites curious souls of all ages to explore these unseen worlds and reevaluate how they perceive these minute life forms. The word “microbe” often conjures images of germs, infections, and other scary or unsettling things. But this pop-up was designed to educate visitors to how these tiny organisms that hide in plain sight may in fact be helpful. Geared towards both adult and school aged audiences, educators are invited to register their student group for visits. Technology to interact with the augmented reality components is provided. The student program is designed to explore the science of microbes and the technology used for telling their stories.

To learn more about the exhibition, click HERE.