The project Scobyosa delves into the realm of bacterial cellulose and its wonderful qualities and potential.
Derived from the natural fermentation process of yeasts and bacteria in sweetened tea, the bacteria convert sugars into an organic material: bacterial cellulose. Its appearance possesses an intriguing, otherworldly appearance that simultaneously captivates and challenges.

The installation demonstrates the collaborative abilities of the symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) and the transformative potential of bacterial cellulose. Serving as an invitation to challenge conventional perspectives on organic materials, highlighting the importance of reevaluating our relationship with materials and our understanding of waste in the context of sustainability and interconnectedness

In the Kombucha industry, bacterial cellulose is a by-product, losing its value.
The material holds properties that respond to different senses, allowing the material to be experienced in different ways and making its value transparent

photo by Eric van Straaten


photo’s by Eric van Straaten

SCOBYS provided by Kombucha brewers Untamend Kombucha 
and YAYA Kombucha.

Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles