Using data from bacterial research lab OpenBiome, we created a series of data visualizations which explore the geographic and cultural diffusion of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) — a radical life-saving probiotic procedure. OpenBiome's alchemical endeavors are vital practices for building a culture of communal health.
Below are visualizations of gut bacterial ecologies of OpenBiome's FMT donors. OpenBiome shared the counts of each bacteria species in each of the donors’ guts. The data was run through machine learning algorithms to find 10 patterns in the relationships of bacteria to each other across the donor collective. Each color represents one of the 10 identified patterns.
This work was recently shown in Philadelphia and New York as part of Pivot (curated by Will Owen). The exhibition explores themes of Consuming and Subsuming through multimedia, sculpture, sound, and lecture performance.