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Cumbuconication: Korea-Brazil Microbiome Interchange Enterprise (KBMIE)
Two Days (Workshop)

To take part in this workshop please contact Clarissa Ribeiro or Hector Isaias directly via email: /

(Workshop call)
Considering the recent wave of immigration of  South Koreans to a specific region in the coast of Ceará, Brazil, the workshop “Cumbuconication: Korea-Brazil Microbiome Interchange Enterprise (KBMIE)” invites to working in the production of a series of apparatus exploring genetic information horizontal transfers(HGT) due to the eventual microbial and molecular scale superficial contaminations/transferences – sleeping bags filled with food from Brazil taking place in South Korea and, simultaneously, sleeping bags filled with food from Korea in Fortaleza (CrossLab and Chão de Fábrica members working at a honors-class at the University of Ceará UFC) all embroidered with electronics (particles sensors, microcontroller and displays) involving the body in nonlocal cross-scale conversation thought the approximately 2 million holes and surrounding microscopic scale neighborhoods of our epidermis. Samsung 360 Gear cameras will be placed inside of the sleeping bags together with particle sensor integrated to an Arduino Uno circuit and the multimedia material produce will be interchanged between South Korea and Brazil workshop venues. The resultant 360 images can be experienced in VR and simultaneously projected and presented for ISEA 2019 audience during the conference.

*The attendance must bring their smarthphones.

Cumbuco is word that refers in the Northeast of Brazil to an ox whose horns are pointed toward the other. It is the name of a location in the coast of Ceará (Brazil Northeast region) which is receiving since 2013 Korean workers thanks to the construction of a large steel company: an enterprise with half the South Korean capital, in the city of São Gonçalo do Amarante, which is next to Vila do Cumbuco. According to a Globo News article from 2013 the South Koreans have discovered Ceará and are changing the profile of foreigners who set themselves in the state to work. They have already surpassed the Europeans, who were the largest group of immigrants in the region. The workshop is proposed as an opportunity to talk about the cultural bridges that are being built from a cross-scale perspective between South Korea and Brazil in Cumbuco Village considering the microbiome interchange possibilities – superficial and even deeper considering Horizontal Gene Transfer is a fact. Cumbuconication: Korea-Brazil Microbiome Interchange Enterprise (KBMIE) as a workshop proposal  is a tribute to the Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica’s work “B50 Bólide Saco 2 'Olfático' (1967; plastic, and coffee)”.

Previous projects by Clarissa Ribeiro exploring horizontal gene transfers(HGT)in its poetics:
- Bag-Bug: Adaptive Horizontal Transfer (2017)

workshop team:
- Clarissa Ribeiro, CrossLab, University of Fortaleza, Brazil
- Hector Isaias, UFC/Chão de Fábrica, Fortaleza, Brazil
- CrossAab crew: Guilherme Ximenes, Marjorie Garica, Gabriel Said, Maia Naeh and Clara Reial (Brazil), Liz Lessner (USA)
- Chão de Fábrica crew: Pedro Gabriel, Rafael Parente, Gustavo Carvalho, Tuan Fernandes and Paulo Regis (Brazil)

About the workshop team:
The workshop is organized by Clarissa Ribeiro and Hector Isaias in a collaboration between the CrossLabdirected by Professor Ribeiro and the projecto Chão de Fábrica (Factory Floor) directed by Professor Isaias.The CrossLab, linked to the Lab for Innovation and Prototyping, University of Fortaleza, is organized as an experimental design laboratory dedicated to a systematic exploration of cross-area and cross scales cutting-edge design tools, systems and discourses. Navigating systems from the nano to the macroscopic realms, the team of collaborators and supervisors includes professors from the Department of Architecture and from Computer Sciences, Mechatronics and Medical Sciences at the the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR). Designing and coordinating the CrossLAB has been a great opportunity to implement project-based enterprises developing series of individual and collective design projects, supported by design workshops open to the external academic community and applying the logic of complex adaptive systems and its emergent behaviour, combining interactive and evolving strategies to the conception and materialization of digital-parametric, robotic or analog design models. Chão de Fábrica (Factory Floor) is an independent platform for cross-cultural multimedia creation that proposes a deep exploration of syncretism aspects of Brazilian culture and the cross-contamination between arts and life.

*photos' credits: Hector Isaias, 2019