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Electric Life, 2018

It was designed by Teresa van Dongen. It is dated 2018. Its medium is lamp.

This lamp is powered by electrochemically active bacteria that require regular feeding of acetate and water to survive. Inside a microbial fuel cell, bacteria emit electrical currents and exchange electrons with an electrode. The electrode powers 3 light-emitting diodes that produce a sustained, dim glow. The living lamp and its owner have a symbiotic relationship in which the lamp provides illumination, but only if the bacteria are nurtured.

It is credited Courtesy of Teresa van Dongen.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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