MICROORGANISMS UNIVERSAL DAY devised by Patrícia Portela&Mark Deputter

The Invisible Science Manifesto


On the 31st of July the Association for the Protection of the Microorganism, or APM, held its first Universal Congress at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento in Lisbon. This event enjoyed the presence of the greatest stars of  “science that cannot be seen by the naked eye”: microscopic muses living in your brain, dots that live in your books, pixels that build the image you watch on your televisions, sound granules that form every word you speak and micro-sounds that delight your ears, delicious molecules that cook your nutritional delicacies, amongst many other surprise-guests.

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“A microorganism is also a living being! Just because they can’t be seen does not mean they don’t exist! And, inspite of daily and undeniable manifestations, they have been ignored for thousands of centuries by almost all of the planet’s inhabitants (and even now there are very few who truly care). They are different from us, it’s true, but there are many of them (7 000 000 000 000 or more) and they are everywhere.
excerpt from the Manifesto of Invisible Science

THE MANIFESTO
We hereby declare the 31st of July  INTERNATIONAL MICRORGANISM DAY!
Microorganisms are also living beings!
Just because they cannot be seen does not mean they do not exist!
And, inspite daily and compelling manifestations, they have been ignored for thousands of centuries by almost all of the planet’s inhabitants (and even now there are very few who truly care). They are different from us, it’s true, but there are many of them (7 000 000 000 000 or more) and they are everywhere.
How many dust mites do you step on every day?
How many bacteria do you sneeze?
How many viruses turn your stomach upside down and inside out?
How many microorganisms accompany you everywhere you go, even when you think you´re alone?
How many funguses can be found on the seabed? Or between your toes?
It is said that they are pathogenic, infectious, offensive, but how often are they not beneficial or even crucial to your giant existence?
A microbe can also be a friend!
Why not look at things from the other point of view?
And what if everything is different when seen from the tiniest point of view?
And what if there are microscopic perspectives on the world that turn out to be absolutely revelationary? And what if the capacity to practice science depends on one’s ability to believe in what does not exist?
Or even better, in what cannot be seen? Or, better still, in what is simply and unexpectedly inconceivable, wrong, twisted, or tiny?
And worst of all, who has never felt micro and invisible?
Microorganisms of the entire world, UNITE!
In these commemorations, we look forward to hosting some of the greatest stars of “science that cannot be seen by the naked eye”: microscopic muses living in your brain, dots that live in your books, pixels that build the image you watch on your televisions, sound granules that form every word you speak and micro-sounds that delight your ears, delicious molecules that cook your nutritional delicacies, amongst many other surprise-guests.

Program written by the Association for the Protection of the Microorganism – APM

CREDITS
Direction and concept Patrícia Portela and Mark Deputter, Production Helena Serra and Pedro Pires, Technical management Cláudia Rodrigues, Sound Rudi Costa, Support Isabel Garcez.

Participants: Cláudia Jardim, André e. Teodósio, Tonan Quito, Célia Fechas, Anton Skrzypiciel,  Nelson Guerreiro, João Galante, Margarida Mestre, Susana Menezes, Christoph De Boeck, Cooking Lab, Gonçalo Gato, Chef Ró/Rogério Nuno Costa, Inês Nogueira e Ivan Franco.
 




Sound particules synthesis, Gonçalo Gato (video) | Sound with colours, Susana Menezes (video) | All spins (poetry recital), Margarida Mestre (video) | Flatland I, Patrícia Portela (video) | Microorganisms Manifesto (audio) | Trailer (audio) | The atomic Model (audio) | images