expanded self II

2015 || sonja bäumel


Expanded self II explicitly depicts and shows the human marvel: we, humans, are “a semi-continuous spectrum of interactive bacterial nations”[1], as we have ten times more bacterial cells than human cells living both in and on us. Suddenly, we realize that the form we witness is not casted as a unique piece but results from the accumulation of the smallest parts: microorganism that inhabit and rule the human hosts. Through this work, Bäumel creates a space where the potential of bacteria as cooperative partners can be re-imagined and where we can explore the implications for larger processes of cultural significance.

The project has been realised for the exhibition 'Gare du Nord' which was initiated by Chiara Ianeselli and developed with Lucas Evers of Waag Society.


[1]Reg Morrison comments on Margulis/ Sagan 2007.


Photography (pic.4,5) above by Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk.

The project Expanded self II was kindly supported by Erich Schopf and by