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Duckweed sheets

Lila Bobrowicz: “Going around the built areas and forests of Den Haag, I noticed the Duckweed growing in any water reservoir. Not knowing what this green sheet is and why it’s there, I was fascinated by the uniform surface it created, the bright color and its story. Previously I learned about the phenomena of invasive species which are introduced to an eco system which is not theirs and many times take over. Often they are over abundant and react to human activity. If they successfully live in a system, they often make use of the resources and impact the native plants and animals. When thinking about a medium to work with, I was curious to work with one that in the process of collecting it I don’t harm and perhaps even contribute to the functionality of the system. Without knowing their real story, the duckweed seemed abundant.”

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After some research, I couldn’t confirm that the Duckweed is invasive. None the less, if I large quantities it limit life under it by preventing light and oxygen to penetrate through the water surface. In my first contact with it, I discovered the mysterious uniform matt is assembled from tiny plants with thin stems. Apparently, it is one of the smallest flowering plant in the world.
I wanted play around and research about the duckweed as well as to create a matt out of it that will keep intact. To do that, I collected Duckweed in different locations and investigated different mixtures to glue the duckweed together.

Mixing:
My first mixtures were based on homemade glue recipes, most based on these ingredients:
Flour, Water, Sugar, Vinegar.

The mixtures had a white color and took time to dry. To speed the process, I placed the duckweed with the different mixtures in the oven. Later I continued with the oven, mixing the Duckweed with Arabic Gun and wax. Each ingredient created different flexibility levels, color and thickness

The homemade glue mixtures had to spend more time in the oven to become less liquid, depending on the thickness of the mixture. While going through a baking process, the Duckweed inevitably got browner, drier and sometimes shrunk in size. In order to keep the Duckweed as fresh as possible, I placed a plate with a homemade glue mixture and Duckweed next to a sunny window. After about 2-3 weeks, the sheet had dried. Unlike the baked mixture, the liquid maintained its yellow-white color with the Duckweed embedded in it. Looking closely, the patterns, details and gestures of the Duckweed became visible and were gently preserved by the liquid. The sheet however was un flexible and very delicate.
The wax melted fast once in the oven and when put outside it hardened fast as well. That way, the Duckweed kept its fresh green color since it did not spend much time in the oven and was not really baked. In terms of its flexibility, the wax sheet was un-flexible and would break when folded.

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In order to keep the Duckweed as fresh as possible, I placed a plate with a homemade glue mixture and Duckweed next to a sunny window. After about 2-3 weeks, the sheet had dried. Unlike the baked mixture, the liquid maintained its yellow-white color with the Duckweed embedded in it. Looking closely, the patterns, details and gestures of the Duckweed became visible and were gently preserved by the liquid. The sheet however was un flexible and very delicate.

Later I wanted to minimize the adding of other ingredients. I decided to use white glue since it sticks faster and becomes almost transparent when it dries. This time I used Duckweed I collected from the school’s courtyard which was bigger in size and seems to have more abundant stems. The stems got intertwined with one another and so when I spread them out to create a sheet I tried to maintain their natural fabric. I spread minimal amounts of the glue on both sides of the sheet and let it dry for a few days. The resulted sheet kept most of the characteristics of the Duckweed while still remaining a surface in tacked.

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whole documentation by Lila Bobrowitcz:  Duckweed

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Fluid compostions

Anna Zelinkova,  started to experiment with a few kinds of plastics and slime materials….” I was interested about changing of their characteristic conditions. The changing conditions of starch substance I found very interesting, so I started to be more focused on this type of substance.
The character of starch mixture with water is changing depends of outside conditions – when it is under a pressure it gets start to be hard and crumbly, but when is material in peace position it behaves as a liquid (typical for non-Newtonian fluids). But I figured out that the same conditions has a puding powder (cause theres a corn starch) but it has also very specific smell and colour. This gave me an idea try to hack the starch substance and to find my ideal recipe for it.
I figured out, that substance becomes dry fast so I add some glycerine inside which helped hold humidity longer but also made viscosity character better. Another problem of substance was that too much of it stays on fingers so I tried to add sunflower oil inside. Theres still some pieces of material staying on fingers but its much better then before. I also made some experiments with colours and smells.”

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After finding this nice weird substance I was thinking about how to compose it into artpiece. I wanted to make it playfull and funny. Nowadays I am experimenting with electricity audio cycles. So I tried to connect the substance project with cycle I just made and it worked very well – substance is also great conductor. This gave another condition to my material – sound. Its working on principe of back loop in cycle with using capacitors. I was searching for ideal construction of cycle with my emulsion and human. The image of musical instrument came very fast and it fullfilled mine notion of funny and playfull way of using substance. I figured out that very good for instrument construction is to use one hand for holding bowl together with solution and anode and with another hand play with emulsion with cathode fitted inside.
This can offer experience for sences and pleasure  of touching weird stuff. I also tried experiment with cathode placed in my mouth which can add another experience of taste.
The nowadays construction wiev of whole musical instrument is still in developing and there are some ideas how it could looks. Finally I tried if I can use just water from sink and also worked very well. But with these emulsion is much more fun! Iam still searching for musical instrument name….

Fluid composition: Starch, Pudding powder, Water, Glycerin, Oil, Colour, Fragrance

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Microscopic Cooking

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Tactile Research’s open lab at the TransNatural exhibition, 24 march 2011, 17:00 -20:00 hour. De Verdieping/Trouw ,Amsterdam. www.transnatural.nl

The crew of TC-Lab made incredible edible thin slides in the downsized kitchen of the Incredible Shringking Man at the Transnatural Exhibition. Under the lead of our small-sized chef de cuisine Aki Tekeda we will zoomed in the aesthetics of the incredible edible thin slides which first were projected before being eaten. To travel even deeper into the gastronomic worlds, we made a set up for live culinairy microscopic  cooking. The cooking processes were screened in the form of a cinema for the downsized fishes in the aquarium of The Incredible Shrinking Man.”

Olive Oil Chocolate Mousse

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Olive Oil Chocolate Mousse; recepy from the Open Sauces Cookbook: http://opensauces.cc.

The makers  of this recepy consulted the Food Pairing website http://www.foodpairing.be and picked a few matches from the chocolate tree to make this euforic chocolate mousse. Foodpairing; mixing the signals between your senses.

 The recepy is based upon Molecular gastronomy (moleculaire gastronomie)  a discipline practiced by both scientists and food professionals that studies the physical and chemical processes that occur while cooking. http://khymos.org/