The Clean Room
Cells are grown beautifully in a Biolab. Cell graffiti experiment. Yoko Shimizu - Lab +1e Tokyo バイオラボで美しく培養される細胞群。細胞のグラフィティ実験。 清水陽子 - Lab +1e Tokyo
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The Clean Room

About This Project

Yoko Shimizu

In The Clean Room exhibition, colorful cells multiply in a clean room installed in a gallery. The cells eventually grow into a colony, creating various forms as a group. The colonies appear, expand and dies in the continuous cycle of life. In this installation, we observe the concept of life and society in the microscopic world cultivated in each petri dish.


Yoko Shimizu 清水陽子

Yoko Shimizu 清水陽子


Pop Culture – Cell Graffiti



Yoko Shimizu 清水陽子

Cells are cultivated on colorful agar culture to grow into various graphic patterns and texts as in graffiti art. The shapes gradually change and expand freely from their original location. The word “culture” in art refers to “the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior,” whereas in biology it refers to “the act or process of cultivating living material (e.g. cells, bacteria, viruses) in prepared nutrient media.” Pop Culture shows the cultural proliferation that starts from one cell (individual) expanding into a large movement in society.



Cultural Addiction



Yoko Shimizu 清水陽子

In Cultural Addiction, we observe the growth of cells that are cultivated in our modern day diet. Each petri dish contains different food products that symbolize our modern society such as coke, energy drinks, coffee, snacks and instant ramen noodles. Wide range of these products can be found in any convenience store. But why do we buy and ingest these products? Should they be ingested? Or are we just culturally addicted to these products? The installation stimulates the viewers to think about the current state of society through the observation of microscopic colonies.



Microscopic Infinity



Yoko Shimizu 清水陽子

Once the proliferation starts, the living materials are free from our control and expand naturally. Sometimes they evolve into shapes unintended by the creator. The final form, reminiscent of an abstract painting, a scenery from our distant memory, or an ever expanding universe, takes us to worlds beyond our imagination.







Yoko Shimizu 清水陽子

Cellscape is a microscopic photography series of proliferating cells. The microscopic images look as if they are a landscape or a universe, capturing the intriguing similarity between micro and macro worlds.



[Cultivation process – 培養工程]
Yoko Shimizu 清水陽子
[Performance at LAD GALLERY in 2015]
Yoko Shimizu 清水陽子
In this installation series I am using yeast cells for cultivation. When I was in a biochemistry lab in my university, we used genetically modified yeast cells to analyze carcinogens and pollutants.
Yeast is often used in fundamental biological research. Its cells are similar to human cells but grow a lot faster. It is a model organism for studying biological processes.
The expansion of the colonies and the microscopic images of the model organism is incredibly beautiful and fascinating – allowing us to understand the mechanism of our bodies as well.
In the exhibition we also provide talks and demonstration of the cultivation processes for education and outreach purposes.


The Clean Room


Clean room, agar culture, yeast cells, petri dish

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Tech