For the second week of class, we focused on the Hox Zodiac as it ties to Chinese culture. We discussed every animal on the chart along with its connection to each student in the classroom. Each animal has different characteristics that pertain to different traits of every individual under that sign.
During the third week of class, we discussed topics related to mushrooms, mycelium, and plastic waste. We cooked various types of mushrooms in class and discussed how they are an important part of our natural ecosystem. I don’t really like mushrooms, so I didn’t eat them.
Week eight of class had us showcase our progress in the projects we are working on. We received feedback from everyone and also the guest speaker Kaitlin Bryson. I really enjoyed viewing everyone's progress in their project and also gave me ideas on what specific direction I wanted my own project to head towards.
Week seven of class we discussed about CRISPR technology along with guest speaker Sam who gave a talk about his experience with this technology. CRISPR technology is a powerful tool for editing genomes that is very easy to use and allows researchers to analyze and modify DNA sequences and gene functions.
As I have researched my Final Project of creating printer ink from my own actual blood I discovered a ton of information concerning the politics of blood writing. Blood as a medium has always been confronted with issues such as the binding of contacts and making pacts with entities but one particular option that I found interesting was the use of blood to cement immortality through a socio religious means in a totalitarian political regime. The book I am referring to was written by Saddam Hussein and it was the Holy Koran.
My name is Jimmy Zhi, and I am interested in learning about different unconventional materials for my art practices. I am extremely intrigued by learning more about the invisible and how we are leaving our polluting footsteps without knowing because pollutants are not tangible.
The guest speaker, Kaitlin Bryson’s works were intriguing, and they were something that I don’t encounter often in DMA. One of the works that she presented was A Habitat for Potential (for the Rio Grande). This was was with linen and natural dyes were the fungi would consume the actual fabric.
**PROJECT PROGRESS REPORT **
MYCELIUM-MUSHROOM-CELLULOSE: Life Support System
Like all things encased in science there tends to be a devotion amongst its believers to follow epochs of fantasy and in the science of Genetic engineering it is no different. From the beginning of time fiction has been delving into what it means to manipulate the makeup of our human species in alignment with its cause to make something for which it feels obligated to perfect. The ancient myths even allow for the mutations of other species to be elevated as god forms each within there specific canons.
So far, I've gotten pretty far on executing my final project. Not only am I raising a bunch of ladybugs currently in my apartment, but I also released 4500 ladybugs that I ordered online. I've been documenting the process throughout, and am beginning to compile these images into book form currently.
GMO (Genetic Modified Organisms) have been known for a while, but a lot of us do not know that CRISPR food are on our dinner tables as well. CRISPR stands for “clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”, and it is a technology where scientists use the protein Cas-9 to alter certain genes in a genome which finishes the “gene-editing” (Vidyasagar).
For my final project, I attempted to build a biodegradable PCB (Printed Circuit Board) using banana fibers and wheat gluten according to a process described by researchers in the Jyothy Institute of Technology of Bangaluru (1). According to their research and experiments, this combination of materials gave results up to the standards required for PCB while being a sustainable alternative. Banana fiber is one of the strongest naturally occurring fibers (2).