Figure 5. De:composition multimedia project and installation by Stephanie Rae Dixon. The multimedia installation included photographs, dresses at various stages of decomposition embedded in resin, a soundscape, and a box of live forest understory mosses and plants onto which a video of scientists dancing in the dresses in the field site was projected. Several opening receptions featured a live dancer performing in a decomposed dress. An infographic entitled “What is on a decomposing dress? DNA can tell us” (lower right) shows the results of DNA analysis used to identify microbes and other organisms whose DNA had populated a fragment of burlap dress while it was buried and decomposed in the research site. See Artists' Statement in Supplemental Materials, below.
Photos by Stephanie Rae Dixon, Todd Paris, Brendan Hendry, and Mary Beth Leigh.