Shareable Biome: Fecal Microbiota Shipment Animation

Caitlin & Misha

The 100 trillion bacteria living naturally in the gut play an important role in human health and disease. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) involves the transplantation of one “healthy” person’s poop into another’s colon, in order to restore the recipient’s gut flora (or microbiome) so that the digestive system functions properly.

Reflecting on FMT as a recently popularised procedure, the artists correlate the poop shipment data set with a selection of political, religious and health data. In this interactive animation, cartoon poops indicate shipments of fecal microbiota samples (poop) leaving the OpenBiome Fecal Bank and travelling to destinations across the United States.

About the contributor(s) 

Caitlin & Misha create artworks that play with culturally relevant, yet sometimes utopic examples of sharing communities, livable ecologies, and the transmutation of waste. They employ traditional drawing, design, and sculptural techniques within a contemporary framework of interactive media and participatory installation. Among other things they create installations, games, and happenings where audience participation is a key component of the work and its message.