Bac Up
Micro-universes constitute an integral part of our bodies and spaces. Invisible by the eye, microorganisms form a hidden layer of interior surfaces. By inhabiting spaces, we automatically become part of this circular, living strata that we embody and breathe. Nowadays, the interest regarding the knowledge that those microbial worlds provide us has been increasing. Meanwhile, more contradictive scenarios regarding hygiene in our interior habitats have been developed. Especially in the food industry, spaces are often expected to be perfectly hygienic in order to be appropriate. However, the threshold between a visually sterile environment and its microbial real context is fragile. Which are the organisms that a shiny surface could conceal?

In Bac Up, hidden matter is decoded, archived and rendered visible. Real data is collected from different floor surfaces, stored digitally and presented to the public. Moreover, the samples return back to their original ‘clean’ sources by the illumination of actual petri dishes in the form of aluminium ‘bacterial-lamps’. The patterns of the grown bacteria that are captured, are revealed within a context of the future prediction of the hyper hygienic interior image. The main colour of the space is white, which is often considered to be the Modernist symbol of perfection and sterility.

Bac Up addresses the possible hypothesis of those extreme sterile environments where the differences of the seen and the unseen is most exceptional.


Bac Up is a collaborative project between Nancy Katri, Nao Sakamoto and Sanne van der Ploeg.















Exhibited at:
PZI | miard | OUT OF SIGHT Exhibition
Ventura Lambrate
Milan Design Week 2016



April 2016