CENTRAL LINE, 2018

Bacteria, among the first life forms appeared long ago on our planet, are the installation’s core elements.

The graphic scheme of the installation takes origin from the Central Line London tube map.

While in London, during London Summer Intensive residency by Camden Arts Centre and Slade School of Arts I took the Central Line and at each subway stop I opened a different sterilized Petri dish putting in contact the culture medium and the air (where bacteria are usually found.

The “captured” bacteria are growing and will reproduce until they become visible to our eye assuming the shape of a “coloured mould”.

The shape and the colours of the dots appearing every day on the Petri dishes will be changing continuously in unpredictable ways depending on the kind of bacteria.

Time, measured as we move through the different underground stops, and at the same time, beaten by the continuous transformations happening inside the Petri dishes, is reasserting its peculiar role and the circular space where bacteria’s life unfolds is strictly related to the space of the city.

Giuseppina Giordano, CENTRAL LINE, 2018 Petri dishes, agar agar, bacteria cultures / 68 x 500 x 3 cm
Giuseppina Giordano, CENTRAL LINE, 2018 / Petri dishes, agar agar, bacteria cultures / 68 x 500 x 3 cm
Giuseppina Giordano, CENTRAL LINE, 2018 /detail
Giuseppina Giordano, CENTRAL LINE, 2018 /detail

 

Giuseppina Giordano, CENTRAL LINE, 2018 /detail
Giuseppina Giordano, CENTRAL LINE, 2018 /detail
Giuseppina Giordano, CENTRAL LINE, 2018 Installation’s view, Camden Arts Centre
Giuseppina Giordano, CENTRAL LINE, 2018 / Installation’s view, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK