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The Roving Microscope

The Roving Microscope is a community microscope club in Bethnal Green exploring human/soil ecologies. Hari Byles, Melissa Thompson and Ellie Doney bought a microscope and are making it available to people for looking at their environment. We are from an art/design/anthropology/social practice background so are amateur microscopists.

We are hosting a series of Microscopic Lunches - group microscope gazing sessions for local residents and growers to explore the intersections between the food we feed ourselves, our plants and soil. We are exploring collaboration with microbes through biofertilisers, and bokashi, probiotic and fermented foods, and how we can use all our senses to understand the micro world. These lunches are also scoping sessions in the run-up to 4 events in 2019, connecting making, materials, microbe and soil experts and enthusiasts with local growers, communities and places.

My interest in the microscopic world is in reimagining the borders of human and non-human matter through ingested microbes and micro-materials, and their effect on structure and properties/qualities in food and the human body.

Funded by the British Ecological Society and the East End Community Foundation.

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