The Experimental Museum


The Experimental Museum is a new project being developed in partnership with Experiment PDX. Experiment is a new workshop venue and events space, celebrating the curious and creative Portland community, especially the intersection of art and science. The Experimental Museum will located at Experiment in SE Portland and will consist of a number of exhibits exploring the artistic potential of various cybernetic, chemical, and especially biological processes.

Upcoming projects include:
Slime mold habitat
Mold and other fungal-based art
Bioactive (self-sustaining) terraria and aquaria
Formicarium - an enhanced ant colony
Caddis fly larva habitat

Please contact the museum (via if you have any interest or expertise in any of these areas! You may wish to work on one of these (or similar) projects as part of the museum's residency program

Currently on view
The Cybernetic Aquarium
This longstanding exhibit from the Zymoglyphic Museum's Modern Age is now also installed at Experiment. It creates organic forms from algorithms and mathematical principles.
In development
Silicate Garden
The Silicate Garden project is exploring the artistic potential of a specific type of chemical reaction that has captured the imagination of many across the centuries. The process is similar to crystallization, but in contrast to ultra-orderly crystals, this is "a self-organizing non-equilibrium process that creates complex structures." These colorful structures have a remarkably organic appearance, hence the "garden" name.

For more detail on the phenomenon, see From Chemical Gardens to Chemobrionics
Mud Panel
A bacterial terrarium that resembles an slowly evolvng abstract painting. Microenvironments within the mud support a variety of pigment-producing bacteria. The panel shown is currently on view at the Zymoglyphic Museum.