I’m well into an ongoing project that is part of the 2016 Foggy Bottom Sculpture Biennial, Turf and Terrain (curated by Danielle O’Steen). The Foggy Bottom Microobservatory is an effort to explore natural fermentation and wild microorganisms through the lens of a working observatory. A physcial structure is located at 915 26th Street NW, Washington D.C. and shows the ongoing work of a team of tiny researchers—or “micronauts”—as they study the tiny beasts responsible for fermented beers, sodas, and more.
These microbes actually can be collected from a given environment and observed through a microscope. Over the next several months I’ll be culturing and isolating specific strains of yeasts and bacteria for use in homebewing and other DIY fermentation experiments. Inspired by the United States Naval Observatory (once supervised by Matthew Fontaine Maury!), which sent out a telegraph each day to mark the national time, the Microobservatory will be posting updates on experiments and adventures each day at 12pm EST. Follow @microobservatory on Instagram or visit the website to subscribe to a weekly email or just view the Broadcasts online. Also see a short feature on the project in A Creative DC.