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Electric Life, 2018

It was designed by Teresa van Dongen. It is dated 2018. Its medium is lamp. It is a part of the department.

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.

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

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