Bacterioptica Chandelier by MADLAB
by Harry / September 14, 2010

An extended family was the inspiration for Bacterioptica, a chandelier made with 15,000 feet of fiber optic cable.


Bacterioptica "is designed to synchronize with the life of a very unique New Jersey household, comprised of two parents, three children, a dog, and one hell of an extended family: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, not to mention house plants, insects, allergens, fungi, and billions of bacteria that live with, on and among all humans."


Bacterioptica is itself a household organism and is alive in a very literal sense as "it cultivates, distributes and illuminates the bacterial life of its family members by way of a branching assembly of metal rods, glass petri dishes and fiber optics."


The chandelier has a modular assembly consisting of several simple parts, with a capacity of more than 100 samples; petri dishes in various sizes, hundreds of metal rods, couplings, caps and canisters, and 15,000 feet of fiber optic cable. All of which "assembles into an intricate and rewritable tale of materials, bacteria and light.

The variety of configurations and lighting intensities are nearly infinite, depending on the family's needs. While the chandelier will comes in an initial configuration, it is expected to flex over time as it becomes integral to the events of the dining room.

Changes can be made by reconfiguring the lengths of each stem and arm, interchanging the petri dishes with other sizes, and adjusting the fiber optic feeds into each petri dish canister."


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