- BioSoNot 1.2
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BioSoNot 1.2 (2014–2016) is a musical synthesizer that translates biological activity into sound while cleaning contaminated water samples. A hybrid bio-sound instrument, this sonic device generates music and noise from the biological activity of different living microorganisms.
BioSoNot 1.2 consists of a series of custom-made microbial fuel cells that work as biosensors, capturing the electrons produced by the metabolic processes of the bacteria living in polluted rivers and urban municipal waters, such as Geobacters, commonly found in decomposing organic waste. This bio-electrical information is harvested and fired as energy into an oscillator that expresses the information as sound, generating an organic symphony of bacterial life.
Part machine, part organic system, BioSoNot 1.2 is a product of the artist's longstanding interest in creating symbiotic systems that reimagine the management of contaminated waters and the recycling of urban waste. [End Page 419]
Gilberto Esparza's work uses electronic and robotic means to investigate the impact of technology on everyday life, social relationships, the environment, and urban structures. His current projects explore alternative energies, consumer technology recycling, and biotechnology. Esparza graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico and also studied at the School of Fine Arts of San Carlos in Valencia, Spain. His work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions around the world. He received the award for Latin American Production at VIDA 9.0, and second prize at VIDA 13.0 by the Fundación Telefónica of Spain. He was also given Honorary Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica, and the 2015 Ars Electronica's Golden Nica in Hybrid Art. He is currently a member of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico.