madeleine flynn and tim humphrey

Living Light Melbourne Science Gallery May 2024

Spending time in the dark with ancient bioluminescent bacteria and thoughtful humans. Thanks to Robert Walton, Matt Faria and Stuart Johnston for bringing us into contact.

Thanks to Erin Milne, Arie- Glorie, tech wizzes @lucenguyenhunt,Louis, Sam and Sam McGilp for squid cam POV.

Encounter the ancient light of bioluminescent bacteria A. Fischeri and have a chance to contemplate how the living colony has evolved this extraordinary light over eons through a symbiotic relationship with the Hawaiian bobtail squid. You’ll be asked for feedback on your perception of living light. ​

This project is a collaboration between bioengineer Matt Faria, biomathematician Stuart Johnston, and artists Robert Walton, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey. The group are conducting one of the first studies of human perceptions of beauty in bioluminescent light with the aim of developing sustainable lighting sources in collaboration with living systems.

Join the free experiment/performance:

Wednesday 29 May, 11am – 5pm
Thursday 30 May, 11am – 5pm
Melbourne Science Gallery
Image credit: Michael McAtomney

Part of Melbourne Design Week