THE LIFE OF A SLIME MOLD

THE LIFE OF A SLIME MOLD

NICOLE BANOWETZ

UNITED STATES

Nicole Banowetz’s inflatable sculpture The Life of a Slime Mold (2017) is an enlargement of a small but fascinating organism: the slime mold. The single-celled organisms can move with small 'feet'. In principle, they live alone (on soil, grass or tree trunks) until food becomes scarce and their individual survival is threatened. They then merge into one large, moving colony. Surprisingly, the mould can take a coordinated action to save their lives while they do not actually have a brain. They can detect food sources and map out an efficient route to them. The mould then plants through traces, after which a new life cycle can begin.

This tireless energy, which prompts the colony to find a way through the branches of the tree, radiates in the enormous mould with pulsating coloured light.

Surprisingly, the slime mould can take joint, coordinated actions at a critical time to save their lives - and to reproduce - while they don’t have an actual brain. As human beings, we consider ourselves to be extraordinarily developed creatures, but Banowetz lets you wonder: what actually does define intelligence? And is it intelligence that gives meaning to existence?

Photo's:
Copyright Janus van den Eijnden

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length: 14 m
width: m
height: 9 m

  • suitable for on water
  • suitable for land
  • this artwork is suitable
    for suspension

About Nicole Banowetz

Nicole Banowetz is a sculptor from Denver who is specialized in sculptures, design, installations and education. Banowetz lived and worked all over the world. She exhibited work in India, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Germany, Poland and England.

Her work mainly consists of inflatable sewn sculptures with delicate assembled forms. Her work addresses venerability and struggle. Her objects exist out of layers that are protective and destructive for the work at the same time. Her forms move between growth and decay, and decoration and disease.

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