I'm new around here, so let me first introduce myself. My name is Simen Musaeus, I have a background in digital animation and design, and now I study fine-arts at the Berlin University of Arts.
I'm currently occupied with an installation project, in which I among other things I wish to explore usage of microorganisms and microorganisms with the ability to change their own environment.
So far I have only a limited knowledge of microbiology and bacteriology, so first time around this concerns research of possibilities and eventual limitations.
Primarily am I in a search for microorganisms with interesting attributes, preferably with a strong visual character. Keyword could be: Colorful, Pattern-forming, Bioluminecens, Shape-forming, Fast-growning. Possibly also with dynamic relationships occurring when interacting with multiple other forms of microorganisms. I think this is where the community could be of most help, as it sits of a massive body of knowledge, concerning what has been uncovered of the microbiological realm.
I also need to form a ruff overview of how to work with microorganisms. My intuition tells me that that's very species specific. So I guess here the best help would be references to good learning-material on the general/basic treatment and cultivation of microorganisms. Possibly also advice or tips.
I hope that this research project would give me an overview of the possibilities microorganisms has to offer, seen from an artistic perspective. Much of my artistic work is oriented around systems and dynamics, and I find most of my inspiration in various scientific fields. Microbiology represents a new field for me, which makes it just even more exciting!
All help is truly appreciated.