Shareable Biome: SuperTurd Card Game
The SuperTurd Card Game is designed to highlight the diverse ecology of bacterial exchange. Exploring the effect that diet and environment have on our microbiome, and emphasising the essential role of bacteria, players strive to collect cards that enhance microbial diversity.
Artists Caitlin Foley and Misha Rabinovich suggest that whilst playing SuperTurd, players are entering a bacterial sharing economy. For SPARE PARTS, King’s PhD students Emily Read and Geraldine Jowett have introduced an experiment to test this idea.
SuperTurd players are invited to start the game with freshly washed hands, and use ‘Glitterbug’ fluorescent hand gel and a UV light at the end to trace the spread of bacteria.
Whose bacteria will you pick up?
Image credit: Sharon Koeblinger
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.
Emily Read is a PhD student on the Wellcome Trust Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine PhD Programme at King's College London. Emily’s research is focused around trying to incorporate aspects of the intestinal microbiome into gut organoids, which are artificially grown cells that resemble an organ.