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Other [tiny] forms of life is an expedition to discover the micro-biodiversity that inhabits and shapes three parks and a wetland in Bogotá. The communitarian creation groups were in charge of investigating which bacteria and fungi are present in these public spaces, with microbiology, molecular biology, and metagenomics techniques, and with artistic processes such as drawing, photography, and generative modeling of sculptures using the genetic code. It has been co-created with the microbiology and biotechnology laboratory CorpoGen as an articulation of methodologies for collectively exploring, thinking, and creating. 


It is a space for the co-creation of new knowledge that brings together various creative communities and their diverse knowledge. A space to think in other ways about our relationship with nature and with ourselves as part of it. Other relationships with the microorganisms with whom we co-inhabit/co-create this territory.


It explores the diversification of knowledge / ways of knowing; the in-disciplinarity of knowledge, methodologies, and techniques; and the co-creation of situated emerging understandings, meanings, and the communitarian network itself. The mobile lab built into a cargobike visited the Nacional, Simón Bolivar, and Entre Nubes parks, and the Juan Amarillo wetland, during May and June 2022.



This project is a collaboration between the arts and emerging media laboratory Mutante and the microbiology and biotechnology laboratory CorpoGen. With the support of the "Experimentar Grant. Art, science, technology for Civic Culture" of the Secretaría de Cultura, Recreación y Deporte de Bogotá. 

Created by: Juan Diego Rivera, Margarita González, Manuel Orellana, Carlos Acosta, Natalia Rivera, Juan Manuel Anzola, Dayana Calderón, Christian Romero, Valeria Gómez. Mutante y  Corpogen. 


In collaboration with: María Gómez, Tomás Díaz, Oscar Molina, Pablo Quiroga, Alejandra Peñalosa, Daniel Osorio, Daniel Gómez,  David Ramos, Estefanía Valencia, Juan Felipe Fernández, Paula Londoño. La Redada. La Vox Populi. Rojinegro. 

​We want to thank La Redada and La Vox Populi for all their support and for hosting our project in their space. We also thank Oscar Molina for his support.


Other ways of understanding and coexisting

The encounter, research, and creation with the communities around some green public areas of the city was in turn the encounter of new/other ideas about the ecosystem we are and the biosphere we are part of. We encountered to explore the parks and wetlands, collect samples of soil, air, water, plants, among others, and  grow the bacteria found in them. We took the soil samples to the lab to read the genetic codes present there and discover all those bacteria that do not grow in the Petri dishes. With this amazing information, that of bacteria's DNA, we experimented with creative artistic processes. Through a board game we turned the genetic code into poems, while exploring programming with code that would later become a game to create sculptures which in their structure present the genetic code of bacteria.


Other [tiny] forms of life is a robust proposal that articulates creative methodologies from the arts and the sciences, together with experimental pedagogical processes. The mobile microbiology laboratory travels around the city entering the everyday spaces of the inhabitants of Bogotá, inviting them to participate in a collaborative process of citizen science and artistic creation with the most surprising media. Discovering and creating together with others is for us the best way to rethink and reinvent our relationships with the environment we inhabit. Environment that through the four encounters of each of the groups, we comprehend as absolutely full of life. So alive, that it would not exist without the living that conforms it.


To open the space for experimental methodologies in the creation of other forms of understanding, of other forms of coexistence, is of the utmost relevance. For us at Mutante, the generation of spaces for dialogue and creation with diverse communities has been, for nearly 10 years now, the way to promote the local or situated co-creation of those other possible worlds that we want to inhabit. On the web page of the social memory of this project you can find all the experiences, resources, and the documentation of the creation groups that we developed and the ideas that emerged there.


The space of this project also reveals a huge network of collaborations that converge to develop a project of this level of complexity in terms of experimental practices and methodologies, the encounters with communities, and with the advanced contents and processes of both disciplines, both arts and sciences (with the permanent idea of eliminating this distinction). It is about the strong collaboration we have woven since 2017 with the CorpoGen laboratory, who, with a long history of research and development in microbiology and biotechnology, have always sought to bring these topics closer to the general public. It is also about the emerging collaboration with La Vox Populi, La Redada, and Oscar Molina, who co-created this project with us, while bringing us closer to their work with the communities they are part of. The development takes place, in turn, in an uncommon space in the grants organized by the district, in which with the first version of the "Grant Experimenting. Art, science, technology for civic culture" (Beca Experimentar. Arte, ciencia, tecnología para la cultura ciudadana) supports, as its name suggests, truly experimental processes of creation. Finally, we want also to celebrate the collaborative network that resulted in the formation of the group that from Mutante gathered to create and carry out this proposal, which origin is strongly connected to the context of what we are thinking and creating in the Suratómica Network, in the current cycle "At the Edge of Chaos" (En el Filo del Caos).


Thanks to all those who have been part of this project!

As alive as the earth

PODCAST about the experience in the creation groups

(IN Spanish)


Entre Nubes Park

National Park

“Entre Nubes is a Mountain District Ecological Park, located in the southeast extreme of Bogotá and is part of the group of hills and mountains that, like foothills of the eastern Andes, gives the city's landscape its own characteristic. It is formed by the hills of Guacamayas, Juan Rey and Cuchilla del Gavilán, from the Rafael Uribe, San Cristóbal and Usme localities; It has an extension of 626 hectares and a perimeter of 30 km. Its main use, according to the provisions of the P.O.T. Preservation and restoration of native flora and fauna, environmental education.”


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“The National Park, with 78 years of experience serving the public, is one of the most emblematic of the capital, it has 65 hectares that cover from Avenida Circunvalar to the 7th avenue between streets 39 and 36 South, its easy access makes this park within the reach of all users of the surrounding community of the La Merced, Perseverancia, and El Paraíso neighborhoods, it is also surrounded by students from the Javeriana, Distrital, La Piloto universities, and various technological institutes, of which a large number of people access all spaces.”

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