The Slime Mould Collective

An international network of/for intelligent organisms

Inspired by the novel Solaris, in which scientists try to interact with a planet-sized alien slime mold, I made an 'ouija bord' style setup to create a communication channel for our slime mold Andi. This includes a webcam for time lapse videos. The resulting texts are tweeted after consultation with word's spell checker; Andi's twitter name is 'slime mold Andi'.

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Comment by Abdelrahman Khattab on February 25, 2020 at 18:11


Comment by Mark Skelly on November 8, 2019 at 19:21

Wow! Utterly fascinating. An excellent demonstration of Physarum propagation. Bravo. However, I would have liked to see its progress all the way until the end. It looked like it might have had another growth 'explosion' or two in it before the food was all eaten up.

Comment by Jan-Maarten Luursema on May 13, 2018 at 11:47

I use 'Sonax anti condens spray', a local brand (in the Netherlands), so you'll have to look around a bit. I don't think it matters all that much, all anti-fogging sprays are basically soap in a spray bottle

Comment by Arthur Rodrigues on May 12, 2018 at 18:20

Oh that makes sense! 

Would you mind sharing what type of

anti-fog spray and the brand?

Thank you!

Comment by Jan-Maarten Luursema on May 12, 2018 at 18:16

Hi Arthur, I mitigate the issue by using anti-fogging spray; I spray the inside of the lid, wipe off the excess liquid and let it dry. Shampoo or soapy water should work too. Divers spit in their goggles for the same purpose, but you wouldn't want to introduce the microbiome of your mouth into your culture (I think). Good luck!

Comment by Arthur Rodrigues on May 12, 2018 at 18:06

Hello! I'm a young BioArtist and I've been working 

with Physarum for a few mouths now. However, I keep

running into the issue of condensation on the lid of the

Petri dish. I was wondering if you could share how you

mitigated that issue. 

Comment by Jan-Maarten Luursema on February 16, 2018 at 8:33

Yeah.. I am working clean, but by no means sterile. There's probably all kinds of things growing on and between the oats to supplement it's diet. Do you know the temperature at which the oat proteins denature?

Comment by Derndorfer on February 15, 2018 at 21:56

okey, interesting. I had bad experiences with oatmeal because during autoclaving proteins in the oatmeal solution denaturated and were unsoluble. not ideal for the slime mould. but yours looking fine :)

Comment by Jan-Maarten Luursema on February 15, 2018 at 20:31

Actually oatmeal, so ground oats. About 1:5 oatmeal to water in weight, then short blasts in the microwave with stirring in between until the consistency is a bit thicker than yogurt.

Comment by Derndorfer on February 15, 2018 at 18:34

oh, so you cooked oat flakes with a little bit of water? 

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