How to make slime mold wire plates

The previous post introduced the idea of “desiccation shock” through Martin Grube’s contributed chapter in Advances in Physarum Machines (2016). I made slightly modified plates, with small bands of aluminum conductive tape protruding from the sides of the petri dishes to easily get a hold of them with alligator clips. Here’s a quick run through of what […]

Slime Mold Resistors (part 2)

I’ve been incredibly lucky to be invited to work on my dissertation and current projects at Matt Ratto’s Critical Making Lab. Since last week, I started bringing the slime mold growing on plates nested in a camera bag, underneath a box of electronic components — musing for a few seconds, every now and then along the way, on the […]

Slime Mold Resistors (part 1)

I found Andrew Adamatzky’s research very helpful in getting to know slime mold at the intersection of biology and electronics. I’ve been trying to replicate ways to coax slime mold growth to make conductive wires as well. In an chapter contributed to Advances in Physarum Machines (2016) a book he also edited, Adamatzky reported that: In 25 experiments we measured […]

The Slime Mold Chronicles Introduction

Since January 2017 I became the happy parent of slime mold. Well, “happy” is how I felt when I took the petri dish that contained — it or them? more on that later — out of the box. Since then, there’s been a lot of mixed feelings: boisterous joys, puzzlement, misunderstandings, flashes of connections to media and communication theories, […]