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Sclerotium and fixative

Started this discussion. Last reply by jnnstl Mar 24. 3 Replies

Hello collective,I am looking for a way to maintain a dried slime mold culture on a piece of paper as long as possible – this is for an art project, so the slime mold wouldn't necessarily need to…Continue

Tags: sclerotium

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paige Jun 23, 2016. 4 Replies

Hi!According to this article in The Smithsonian, …Continue

Tags: art

Exhibiting slime mold

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ophélie Queffurus Nov 3, 2015. 3 Replies

Hi again!I am looking to exhibit slime mold and was wondering what might be the best choice of lighting for this? Knowing that the organism prefers it dark, so ideally no light, how could I still let…Continue

Tags: lighting

Slime mold experts in Tokyo?

Started this discussion. Last reply by jnnstl Jul 20, 2015. 1 Reply

Hi again,I am looking for slime mold experts/enthusiasts in Tokyo who might be interested in collaborating on an art project, helping me to source and grow slime mold for a local exhibit. All tips…Continue

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jnnstl replied to jnnstl's discussion Sclerotium and fixative
"Thank you for both of your replies. Valuable advice!"
Mar 24
ian replied to jnnstl's discussion Sclerotium and fixative
"If it's dried then you don't really need anything - it'll be fine for years. As Francois-Joseph suggest you could try varnish, when one escaped and got on to the cover of a notebook I varnished it in place with clear nail varnish but…"
Mar 24
François-Joseph Deminiere replied to jnnstl's discussion Sclerotium and fixative
"Perhaps should you try varnish or wood glue ? Best regards, François-Joseph."
Mar 22
jnnstl posted a discussion

Sclerotium and fixative

Hello collective,I am looking for a way to maintain a dried slime mold culture on a piece of paper as long as possible – this is for an art project, so the slime mold wouldn't necessarily need to become alive again. Would anyone happen to think of a good fixative or similar for attaching the sclerotium on a surface, something that would keep it in shape for a maximal amount of time? This piece of paper would be shown under bright lights.Thank you,jnnstlSee More
Mar 22
Paige replied to jnnstl's discussion The Garden of Earthly Delights
"Did you ever consider that an article writer could (gasp) just make up facts for fun?  Some people claim it has happened in rare instances in the past."
Jun 23, 2016
Ophélie Queffurus replied to jnnstl's discussion Exhibiting slime mold
"I had the same question as you Jnnstl and thought about a kind of sensor so each time someone is approaching the petri dish, a light would turn on but if a low light works fine I'm definitely considering this option! "
Nov 3, 2015
Paige replied to jnnstl's discussion The Garden of Earthly Delights
"You people are so funny.  (In a good way.)"
Sep 26, 2015
jnnstl replied to jnnstl's discussion The Garden of Earthly Delights
"I know! My thoughts exactly regarding the fruiting bodies. I am suspecting the exterior panels could be the place to…"
Sep 24, 2015
ian replied to jnnstl's discussion The Garden of Earthly Delights
"I'd love to find out too - I've just downloaded a high res scan of it and there are some things that look like fruiting bodies - but they could just as well be blackberries. I've tried a science citation search for journal refs but…"
Sep 24, 2015
jnnstl posted a discussion

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hi!According to this article in The Smithsonian, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hunting-slime-molds-38805499/, a scientist (not mentioned by name) has found representations of 22 species of slime molds in the medieval artist Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, …See More
Sep 23, 2015
jnnstl replied to jnnstl's discussion Exhibiting slime mold
"Thank you, ian!"
Sep 18, 2015
ian replied to jnnstl's discussion Exhibiting slime mold
"Hi I've filmed them over the course of a week using low light ( desk lamp about 1m away ) and they've been fine, it doesn't seem to affect their growth. If you need something brighter, they can't 'see' yellow light at…"
Aug 27, 2015
jnnstl posted a discussion

Exhibiting slime mold

Hi again!I am looking to exhibit slime mold and was wondering what might be the best choice of lighting for this? Knowing that the organism prefers it dark, so ideally no light, how could I still let people observe its growth during an exhibition with their bare eyes?Does one of the following strategies sound applicable: a blinking light, going on and off every once in a while (what would be an ideal sequence for something like this?) or a very dim light? Would anyone here have experience of…See More
Aug 11, 2015
jnnstl replied to jnnstl's discussion Slime mold experts in Tokyo?
"PS In regards to the same project, I am also looking for Vienna-based slime mold experts/enthusiasts. Please let me know if you are or know of one?"
Jul 20, 2015
ian replied to jnnstl's discussion Preserving a slime mold growth?
"The idea would be to infiltrate the plasmodium with resin not merely encase it - the fixative ( you could use formalin) basically sets all the proteins into a gel that can then be dehydrated in ethanol before resin is seeped in - the resin's…"
Jun 29, 2015
jnnstl replied to jnnstl's discussion Preserving a slime mold growth?
"Thank you for these notes! The first proposal does sound like a lot of work. At the same time, for this project, it would be great to have the actual slime mold there. Do you think that dehydration will be absolutely necessary and simply pouring…"
Jun 27, 2015

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I am a writer and artist working with slime mold, among other things.

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