A 24 Hour Connection

Update on the previous post: yes, putting a small piece of wet (white) paper towel in the petri dish does increase humidity and growth rate. In not even 24 hours, one of the four plates I had prepared made a nice connection between the electrodes. The other three slime mold blobs on other plates are …

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 …