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The Physarum Experiments - in conversation, Sunday 15 January, London

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…

Added by Heather Barnett on January 9, 2017 at 13:50 — No Comments

Anyone got live culture in London - needed urgently

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,


Added by Heather Barnett on June 9, 2015 at 16:27 — 9 Comments

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

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…


Added by Heather Barnett on January 25, 2015 at 12:57 — No Comments

Great podcast review of slime mould documentary The Creeping Garden

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

Added by Heather Barnett on November 22, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Thanks for contributions to slime mould TED talk

Thanks to everyone who contributed to my slime mould talk at the recent TEDSalon Berlin event. The slime moulds (and me) were warmly received! Here's a mini review from the event:

I'll post notes and links from the talk here soon.

Added by Heather Barnett on June 27, 2014 at 9:58 — No Comments

The Physarum Experiments - talk & workshop - Society of Biology, London, 25 January 2014

For anyone in London next weekend, I am giving a talk and running a workshop on Physarum polycephalum.

Saturday 25 January 2014, 11.30-14.00

Full info and booking at:

The talk will introduce the biology and diverse areas of research working with Physarum as a model organism, and I will talk about my studio practice (studies and…


Added by Heather Barnett on January 19, 2014 at 16:46 — No Comments

Being Slime Mould: part 3: enactment

If you are in Rotterdam on Friday 27 September we are running an experiment to see if humans can follow a few simple behavioural rules of the plasmodial slime mould in order to communicate, navigate and cooperate. 

We are inviting people to participant and become a human slime mould super-cell, or come along to observe what happens.

Info and booking

Added by Heather Barnett on September 21, 2013 at 11:23 — No Comments

'Being Slime Mould: observation, simulation, enactment'

Coming up in Rotterdam Sept-Jan... 

slimoco exhibits a three part interactive installation 'Being Slime Mould: observation, simulation, enactment', as part of 'BIODESIGN

On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity' at New Institute, Rotterdam.…


Added by Heather Barnett on September 9, 2013 at 21:00 — No Comments

REVIEW 'Two Beings Collaborate on Art, One a Human, Another a Slime Mold'

Review by Allison Meierof Physarum work recently on show as part of Cut/Paste/Grow: BioArt in Brooklyn, curated by GenSapce, William Myers and…


Added by Heather Barnett on June 8, 2013 at 10:01 — No Comments

The Creeping Garden - 3 min trailer for slime mould feature film

Check out the trailer for a feature length slime mould film in production, made by slimoco members Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp, and featuring Simon Park and …


Added by Heather Barnett on January 29, 2013 at 11:14 — No Comments

Science of Decay - documentary featuring slime moulds

Check out this BBC4 documentary on the science of decay. There's a decent section on slime moulds, including Bruce Ing foraging for them in the woods, the Tokyo transport network experiment and Soichiro Tsuda's physarum controlled robot. Some gorgeous time lapse's too.

Catch it on iPlayer for another 5 days...

Added by Heather Barnett on May 5, 2012 at 10:05 — No Comments

CSM MA Art & Science workshop

Had a great outing today to the MA Art & Science @ CSM, London. Thanks for having me. Please add photos of your Physarum polycephalum experiments here and let us know if they do anything interesting or unusual. The collective animation we made during the day is on here and YouTube.

Thanks again for a great day.

Added by Heather Barnett on November 21, 2011 at 22:43 — No Comments

slimoco @ Margate Photo Festival, August 2011

I took some Physarum to the Margate Photo Festival last weekend and invited visitors to feed it with a variety of substances to establish likes and dislikes. Obvious liking for oats and rice, pasta and flour; distinct dislike for alka seltzer, ibuprofen and bicarbinate of soda; but I'm not too sure about tobacco and chilli powder (it seemed to investigate seriously but not engulf). Worth further investigation, with a closer position...


Thanks to all those who fed the slime…


Added by Heather Barnett on August 19, 2011 at 13:01 — No Comments

Slime Mould talk & workshop at Gen Space, Brooklyn, New York

On 22 March 2011 I am giving a talk about my work with Physarum to a group of artists, designers and biologists at GenSpace, New York's Community Laboratory.

We will be looking at the range of research currently being done with slime moulds, my experiments and attempts to collaborate with the intelligent organism and will be making slime mould art.

So watch this space for new postings of oat eating drawings and the…


Added by Heather Barnett on March 16, 2011 at 21:12 — No Comments

50 Physarum pets given out at the British Science Festival, 5/6 Sept 2009

For the past two days I've been talking to a wide variety of people about the wonderful attributes of physarum polycephalum; their beautiful growth patterns, my experiments, their attributed intelligence and suggested memory and primitive pulse.

Over 50 people (young and old, but mostly young) took home their own pet slime mould: they each made a felt design in a petri dish, decorated it with oats and oat paste, and lastly inoculated it with slime mould. In the days to come the slime… Continue

Added by Heather Barnett on September 6, 2009 at 22:30 — No Comments

The Physarum Experiments: Introduction

My experiments with Physarum polycephalum started in 2008, following an introduction by microbiologist and slime mould enthusiast, Simon Park. I had worked creatively with biological material before (skin organisms, bacteria, seeds) and was initially interested in the idea of a single cell organism working in an organised and cooperative manner. Early experiments offered my pet Physarum different food sources and environmental conditions, and set tasks to test its ability to locate food and… Continue

Added by Heather Barnett on August 28, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

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