Matthijs Munnik’s Microscopic Opera is an abstract opera, performed by the micro-organism C. elegans – a tiny worm of less than a mm in length, and the workhorse for genomics research.
Here’s what Munnik has to say about the work:
The completely worms are monitored by scientist from their first cell division to their death and have gone trough thousands of generations of manmade mutations and alterations.
In this piece I give them a little influence in the macroscopic world outside their petridish.
Each petridish contains different strains of C.elegans, that each move in a different way. All petridishes are filmed with a usb microscope and shown live on one of the five screens. Special software translates the movements of the worms into sound in real time. (5 channel)