Online Mon 10 Oct 7-8pm BST/2-3pm EDT/11am-12pm PDT Free

The Synthetic Ecologies Lab brings artistic and scientific communities into experimental exchange through its latest project: the Compendium, a growing archive of resources and a library of creative and critical inquiry in life science and ecology.

Compendium’s content is created by a guild of leading scientists, artists, researchers, and writers. The inaugural season’s thematic motif, Microbial Lores, focuses on the role of fermentation in biological technologies, culture and ecology.

Join two of the Compendium guild members Lucy Chinen, bio-based materials practitioner-researcher, and Nadia Berenstein, flavour historian as they discuss their journey as part of the making of Compendium, and how its microbial exploration has informed their own practices. This conversation will be hosted by Synthetic Ecologies Lab Principal Investigator Yasaman Sheri.

This is the third live event in a series of Twitch conversations which introduce key contributors to Compendium. The series acts as a “notebook of conversations” and aims to gradually form an open and expanding archive until the end of the season in October 2022.

Important Information

Audience members will be able to ask Lucy and Nadia questions in real time throughout the conversation via the Twitch channel interface hosted by Serpentine’s Arts Technologies team. Make sure to create a Twitch account ahead of the conversation in order to take part. The platform is free and accessible from desktop and mobile browsers. This event will have live open captions.


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