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slimoco activity

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian Sep 20. 3 Replies

I’m keen to activate the network more and want to hear your thoughts.I’ve always wanted The Slime Mould Collective to be self-organizing and low maintenance (as any slime mould network should be),…Continue

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The future of slimoco: The Slime Mould Collective…

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather Barnett Jul 30. 3 Replies

Dear slimoco members,I started slimoco around ten years ago when I began experimenting with slime mould. I was curious to see who else was working with this fascinating organism, what kind of…Continue

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Sourcing Physarum

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Aug 20. 42 Replies

So it seems lots of people want to start experimenting!You can buy Physarum culture kits and specimens from educational/biological suppliers.I know of (and have used) the following:US: Carolina…Continue

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Examples of Physarum projects wanted for TED talk

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather Barnett Jun 16, 2014. 11 Replies

Hello slimoco members,I am giving a talk about multi-disciplinary research relating to Physarum polycephalum at a TED event later this month …Continue

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Heather Barnett
What is your interest in slime moulds? (we need to know you're not a bot or spamster)
I am an artist working with slime moulds (Physarum polycephalum at present) observing (and attempting to manipulate) behaviours and growth patterns, and interested in contacting researchers and fellow enthusiasts for potential collaboration and shared knowledge.
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Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
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The Physarum Experiments - in conversation, Sunday 15 January, London

Posted on January 9, 2017 at 13:50 0 Comments

Next Sunday afternoon I'll be in conversation with Natalia Zagorska-Thomas at Studio ExPurgamento, Camden, about interspecies creativity, control and authorship when working with living organisms.
The event is free but space is limited so please rsvp to reserve a place. There will be drinks. Hope to see you…
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Anyone got live culture in London - needed urgently

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 16:27 9 Comments

I have a workshop this Thursday and my order of live culture has gone missing in the mail. Help!

Does anyone have any live culture they could spare in London to collect tonight or tomorrow?

Let me know if you can help..

Many thanks,

Heather

call for papers: Slime Mould Computers: Prototypes, Models, Algorithms and Applications ECAL 2015

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 12:57 0 Comments

SPECIAL SESSION on Slime Mould Computers:

Prototypes, Models, Algorithms and Applications organised by Andrew Adamatsky at

The 13th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2015), York, UK

Theme of: Embodiment, Interaction, Conversation

20-24 July 2015 

Submission of papers: Monday 2nd March, 2015…

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Great podcast review of slime mould documentary The Creeping Garden

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 20:00 0 Comments

"Opens a door you would never have opened on your own" 
Great podcast review of slime mould documentary The Creeping Garden

https://soundcloud.com/matt-21-1/outlier-podcast-2014-the-creeping-garden

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At 2:42 on December 23, 2016, Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa said…

Hello, Heather, Please read a comment on my page. What is this?
At 20:57 on October 17, 2016, Gus Xia said…

Hi Heather,


My name is Gus, a postdoc researcher at Dartmouth College, USA, working on Biocomputing. Our group just stepped in this field and want to discover how different sound/music affect the growth of slime mode. I like you Ted talk and your comments in "the creeping garden"!
 

Do you know any agar plate (especially prepared ones) can grow Physarum Polycephalum without using oats? I see that normally people have to put oats in the agar, but for my experiment, I'd rather not use oat because it will block/affect the shape. In other words, I am looking for agar plates where the nutrition evenly mixed with the agar is enough for the growth. Could you give me some advice? 

 
Thanks a lot!
Gus

Email: Gus@dartmouth.edu

 

 
At 18:23 on May 26, 2015, Rosie said…

Hi Heather,

Great to meet you the other week in London.

Would you be interested in sending a high quality image or two of a slime mould experiment/art you have been working on that we could include in our exhibition?  Are any possibly for sale that would benefit from being displayed?  Thank you, Rosie

At 13:48 on June 27, 2014, Rajan Iyyappan said…

Please let me know about the research lab actively working in physarum polycephalum.

I am interested to join the lab.

thank you

At 21:23 on June 19, 2012, Mellissa said…

Yes it survived for a few weeks, died last week :( Where do you get it from? And those are the photos I took, Josh has some too! 

At 15:41 on November 30, 2011, Melanie King said…

Hi Heather,

Thanks for your comments about my blog.

I hope you don't mind, but I have made an informative short entry about your visit here.

 

 

At 12:45 on November 25, 2011, Rafaela Miranda Rocha said…

hmm i see. well, i kept it out of light completely and it had plenty of food nearby, just never reached it... But yes, as I said, would love to give it another go so if you can send another plate to nathan that would be great! thanks!!

At 21:37 on November 23, 2011, Rafaela Miranda Rocha said…

hi heather,

 

unfortunately, my slime mould died :( It turned into black spores overnight! And from what I heard from the other people, most of theirs didn't make it as well. I would really like to try it once again - do you think there's any way I can arrange to get another sample? cheers

At 0:19 on November 23, 2011, Anita said…

Hi Heather, Thankyou for your welcome, and what a great site! We loved your workshop and the appoach of your artistic practice. I hope the pictures I posted do the workshop justice. Sadly my own culture died before it got started - maybe it got jolted on the journey home, but it has withdrawn completely and has shown no signs of life. I feel like a murderer.

At 14:57 on August 8, 2011, Steven Paul Wetzel said…

I had the same problem with B. utricularis sclerota.  B. utricularis seems to touch oats and then streams away.  I believe it prefers rotting wood because it is looking for bacteria to eat, it also loves to eat paper products like brown cardboard (paper towel tubes).  I currently don't have any B. utricularis because it died with my termite culture and am writing all this based on memory. 

 

I am guessing that slimoco is free to join and there are no membership fees because I haven't seen anything that says otherwise. 

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slimoco London

Join if you're based in/near London (UK) and interested in meeting and/or swapping cultures...See More
Oct 7
ian replied to Heather Barnett's discussion slimoco activity
"Social media? Get thee behind me! I tried it and drifted away, in principle I have a Fb account but I haven't logged in for several months - I guess I just don't understand the appeal, unlike myxomycetes which I do find appealing.…"
Sep 20
Benny Fulmer replied to Heather Barnett's discussion slimoco activity
"i don't know, i just got here and i've always felt that slime molds are a really underappreciated group of organisms... more people deserve to know about these little guys and what they're capable of! i don't know if that means…"
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Patrick Barry replied to Heather Barnett's discussion slimoco activity
"A thousand members = 100 people visiting, 10 people commenting and only one or two creating content. I think it is fine. There is some people I know who are working with slime who have not posted anything here, which is a shame."
Aug 27
Colin replied to Heather Barnett's discussion Sourcing Physarum
"Related to this discussion. I am trying to get hold of structurally coloured slime moulds (ie other species from the usual). There are a lot of these *but* they are not easy to grow (in fact many probably can't be). These have beautiful…"
Aug 20
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slimoco activity

I’m keen to activate the network more and want to hear your thoughts.I’ve always wanted The Slime Mould Collective to be self-organizing and low maintenance (as any slime mould network should be), but I’m aware that a network feeds on activity and that we all need a little encouragement now and again. Up to now I have purposefully kept it separate from other social networks (though there is of course a sister slimoco on facebook), but I am keen to know how others would like to see slimoco…See More
Aug 19
Heather Barnett replied to Heather Barnett's discussion The future of slimoco: The Slime Mould Collective…
"Thanks Ian! I'm so impressed with the response to my call out. In only 2 days we have enough to cover this year's fee. Anything else that comes in I'll put towards next years. Long may the slime shares continue..."
Jul 30
ian replied to Heather Barnett's discussion The future of slimoco: The Slime Mould Collective…
"I'm not the most active of people on social media ( I last looked at Facebook several months ago ) but I do appreciate the value of Slimoco as a resource so I'm chipping in and thank you for all the work you've done in setting up…"
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Heather Barnett replied to Heather Barnett's discussion The future of slimoco: The Slime Mould Collective…
"Huge thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to keep slimoco.ning.com going.  Over the past 2 days many of you have chipped in to help cover the cost of the network site. We are already over half way to covering this year's…"
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The future of slimoco: The Slime Mould Collective…

Dear slimoco members,I started slimoco around ten years ago when I began experimenting with slime mould. I was curious to see who else was working with this fascinating organism, what kind of questions they were exploring and what methods they were using to ask these questions. I wanted the network to be open to all disciplines and lines of enquiry – a place where people could share knowledge, trade tips and foster collaborations… an international network of/for intelligent organisms.Since then…See More
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Karol replied to Heather Barnett's discussion Sourcing Physarum
"Hello ! I am student from Poland. I would start doing my little research. Can you recommend me a source to start a breeding of Physarum ? Thanks Karol"
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The Physarum Experiments at Artist and the Machine, Barbican, London at Barbican Centre

May 26, 2019 from 11am to 5pm
If anyone is in London next weekend...Join me on Sunday 26 May, where I'll be running a drop-in slime mould event at the Barbican Centre for their Artist and the Machine Day, in association with the AI:More Than Human exhibition.Discover the fascinating role that slime mould plays in the cultures of art, science and technology, and participate in a practical experiment to test the capacities for cooperation and communication between two intelligent organisms (human and slime mould).Barbican…See More
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