Overview - E. motion

As a part of Policy & Practices project, we conducted a survey on people’s attitudes toward genetic engineering. The results showed that the general public does not feel familiar not only with genetic engineering but also with science. So we designed our project in order to change this for the better.

What can we do to make science more appealing to everyone? One of the solutions for us was to harmonize science with arts. You may say that science is incompatible with arts. But KIT actually constitutes of science and arts majors embodying a fusion of them, as its philosophy posits "Wisdom, Beauty and Technology." Our project fused science and arts in a KIT way. With the help of E. coli, S. cerevisiae, D. melanogaster and C. elegans, we decided to use not only color but also scent and MOTION, as the new elements to enliven the artwork livelier. Please enjoy it.

E. motion=E. coli+Motion


Conventional BioArt

These drawings depict the best things about autumn in Japan with E. coli Pen. Ink of the E. coli Pen is made from E. coli cells expressing fluorescent proteins.

New Generation BioArt

Glowing Trails of Drosophila

E. coli producing limonene and fluorescent proteins were used. Limonene controls the behavior of Drosophila.

C. elegans and the Feast

C. elegans that were fed E. coli expressing GFP.

Do You Like Limonene?

Short Films

E.motion: Dawn of the New Generation BioArt

How to make basic BioArt

KIT-Kyoto made an introductory video "How to make basic BioArt." We hope that more people can find genetic engineering appealing. With a little bit of labware, you can make BioArt!