When microbiological logic determines everything...
Cesar & Lois (a short way of saying Cesar Baio and LOIS) construct a comparative valuation of cultural systems, layering human and microbiological cultures to determine which induces a more equitable system.
The [ECO]Nomic Revolution links social disparity in Silicon Valley, the concentration of power of digital networks, and natural networks on a microbiological scale. The artists base their actions in the different social contexts of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto on the logic of nature – through their observations of the growth of two colonies of Physarum polycephalum, each grown over the maps of these disparate neighborhoods. As the artist team moves in space according to the growth pattern of the microbiological organisms, they reexamine how value and power are distributed across human networks.
LOIS worked with biologist Scott Morgans at California State University San Marcos, who contributed the micro-cultures on display. The CSUSM research team includes contributing artists: Kiana Ajir, Kodie Gerritsen, Mei-Ling Mirow, Derrick Northrop, and Stephen Rawding.