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Sarah Lewison, "arctic landscape (very unstable colors- they change on downloading)"




Claire Pentecost, "Lynn Margulis"


duskin drum, "Exotic fluids for everyday desires," 2013

Borellia travels through the vector of a tick that needs blood to reproduce. When a tick finds a warm-blooded creature, the spiral-shaped bacteria penetrates the skin and spins toward the viscous tissues surrounding the joints and eyes. These tissues resemble the bacteria’s own ancient mud origins. Borrelia often escapes detection by medical tests because it customizes its genetic markers to match antibodies of its host: dog, mouse, deer or human. The bacterium translates its genetic code to vanish within, a morphological transformation like improvisational concrete poetry- an act of creativity. People infected with Lyme experience pain, fatigue, eyesight and joint degeneration and the mental unease of not “feeling” oneself. The invasive infectiousness of Borellia is not so different from how human oil burning, (coal, gas) leads to the corrosion of glaciers, which soften until their undersides collapse. Lyme carriers do however experience remissions from the dis-ease. We might dream an evolutionary symbiotic merger in-process between cells (in the) human, and an invader Borellia co-evolving with an (in)human aggregation. Maybe there are “green” Borellia that strive to reduce the harm they cause their host, to be sensitive. Cultivating sense-ability (11) is to become a comrade in vulnerability with co-evals.


Janet Silk, from series, "Is there love in the telematic embrace?" 2013


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J. Morgan Puett, "MoMA Mold" Courtesy of Mildred's Lane, 2012