culture/nature/structure

Meghan Moe Beitiks
Projects

Subatomic Systems of Self (2015)

I created a series of images for the PITTsburgh Particle physics Astrophysics and Cosmology Center (PITT PACC) at the University of Pittsburgh. The images pulled stills from the video MicroBooNE system and arranged them on a grid, as in a Neutrino Detector hitmap, accompanied by quotes from philosopher David Galin. The panels measure 2.5′ x 3.5′ x 1/8″ thick.

Microboundaries (2013)

vaccae iconMicroboundaries is a game designed to help you experience two things: the needs of beneficial bacteria, and new places and perspectives in your urban environment.

There are 5 bacteria to choose from. Each of them provides a unique and beneficial service to us and our world. Some of them live in the earth’s crust, others in deep water or amongst the roots of plants. Their work is ever-present and invisible. Each of them has an icon designed by my collaborator Brooke Collins.

Micro-Boundaries asks: where would this bacteria live in your city? What kind of places can you imagine that it might like? How does it become present in your world?

Take a photo of a place that fits the criteria for that bacteria with Instagram. Upload with your photo map on and hashtag the bacteria type. Colonize your city with microbes. Discover new places in your city, gain new perspective, help spread the word about the good work of these ‘bugs’.

www.microboundaries.net

 

 

 

 

The Plant was Present (2011)

Sansevieria Trifasciata, an epic houseplant, performed its work “The Plant is Present” at the School of the Art Institute’s New Blood Performance Festival, November 19th and 20th, 2011. The plant sat silently while a total of 138 visitors took turns sitting in a chair opposite it, staying in its presence for as long as they liked. All guests were photographed, and asked to record their experience in a comment book. Responses ranged from “I felt a connection to the plant and was able to live in the moment” to “It was awkward” to “So good! I loved every second of it!” to “Marina was exactly as interesting.” Check back later for more documentation, a full transcription of the comment book and photos of all 138 visitors to the plant.

Funhouses (2003+)

In the early 2000s I got very excited about funhouses as interactive spaces of abstract form. While traveling around the country with veggie buses and hitchhiking, I would stop at state fairs and carnivals to take pictures, and geek out on Carnival History. At some point I also assisted an elementary school class in making their own roller coasters. This is essentially an archive of the photos and explorations of that time.