DomesticScience: Critical Kits

The Arcade De Bruno

Inspired by 8-Bit computer games made in html5 & bitsy The Arcade de Bruno, is a way of playing games to explore biological mechanisms that are stable and falsified enough to become the Black Boxes Bruno Latour talks about, the ready-made science that kits mobilise. You could say that kits are like black bin-bags, bagging up useful things, while being slightly porous, black boxes partially opened for learning.

Black Box Phage by creator WolfBox shows how Bacteriophage interact with cells. This Black Box has helped humans to end things like Smallpox and without it the structure of DNA may never have been found. 14C-2-DG Sugar Mice In the Wind is a playful tour through a process Dr Neil Dawson does here at Lancaster University at the Faculty of Health & Medicine to analyse brain function in mice to help develop drugs to treat issues with the human brain. Both are examples of model organisms; the essential often unsung non-human collaborators in bio-medical science.

The HDPEtra project is a non-human Instagram Account imagining the postings of a HDPE plastic milk bottle in the UK plastic recycling chain, one of the most successfully recycled technoscientific objects in the UK. It was made for a school workshop in Lancaster in 2019 with Precious Plastic Lancaster

Black Box Phage

14C-2-DG Sugar Mice In the Wind HDPEtra