Ashley Lewis
Jun 25 - Jul 2, 2019

Slime Mold as Capacitive Storytelling

Slime mold is a beautiful living monoculture. Due to its tendency to grow in the pattern of nodes and branches, new media bio-artists have been using it as a medium to represent everything from the functionality of the Internet to diaspora migration patterns of the human race.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to cultivate and care for your slime mold, creating a hospitable ecosystem for it to flourish. We’ll also mount low fi capacitive sensors to our habitat that will act as switches, safely triggering sound samples that will play when the slime mold makes contact. We’ll discuss the kinds of audio both narrative and non-linear that may be meaningful to program. In session two we’ll discuss the experience of witnessing this collaborative performance piece and look at creating more elaborate bio-ecosystems. 


Part 1: Tuesday, June 25

Part 2: Tuesday, July 2

Time: 7-10pm

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Prerequisites: No former bio art knowledge needed. Beginner/basic knowledge of Arduino is recommended. 

About the Instructor: Ashley Jane Lewis is a 29 year old Interactive Artist, Maker and Youth Tech Educator. In the summer of 2016 she was listed in the Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada. She is now studying to get her Masters in Interactive Telecommunications in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Ashley’s previous roles have included interning at Kids’ CBC’s Interactive Department, Digital Media Production at TVO, web content for Mozilla and event host for NASA Space Apps, to name a few. In 2014, with a project that inspires kids to read using interactive and collectable story beads, Ashley’s team won Toronto’s Startup Weekend Maker Edition and placed 2nd globally. Lewis has been featured as a Tech Activist in Metro News and has highlighted diverse tech education as a keynote speaker on numerous occasions for audiences at TEDx, FITC, International Women’s Day and Maker Faire. For more on her work, check out Ashley's website:

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