This piece entitled JM101 – Distance continues my research into the role of the human being in the processes of the natural world. Some view humans as a net detractor from the intended course of biological development, while others argue that it was an inevitability, and thus a natural evolution, for humans to develop into creatures able to manipulate their physical surroundings, but more importantly modify the most essential elements of what defines biological life.
JM101 is a particular strain of E, coli. Itself usually defined by humans as a negative entity, one that has a destructive capacity. What is over looked is the actual function of E. Coli. It has a useful function in the body by suppressing the growth of harmful bacterial species and by synthesizing appreciable amounts of vitamins.
I’ve setup a paradox of existence. The piece is surrounded by something nourishing yet it is slowly destroying itself through an elaborate apparatus of control.
Like Protista Imperialis, I am attempting to bring an educated and aware viewer into a contemplative space where they can, on a microcosmic level, evaluate the human situation. We, like the E. coli are in a similar predicament. It asks what is life? What life is of value? What does it take to sustain it? Can anything be done to stop its destruction?