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Rebecca Beinart: Exponential Growth


Exponential Growth aimed to create an exchange network to share locally found yeast cultures, in an experiment to see whether Loughborough’s ‘Culture’ could colonise the world, and what the limits were to growth.

Many varieties of wild yeast present in the environment that have been used for centuries to leaven bread and ferment beer. In this form they are referred to as ‘starter cultures’.  Working with scientists, bakers and home-brew enthusiasts, artist Rebecca Beinart experimented with capturing and growing these cultures, and developing them into Starter Kits, which were been distributed to local residents and visitors to take care of, use for food production, grow, divide and pass on. The project attempted to create a network through which these Loughborough-born cultures could be spread regionally, nationally and globally. The systems of transport and exchange that help the culture to spread were tracked through the project.

The project resulted in an bread fair where culture caretakers returned to Loughborough with products they had made from the culture. The event indulged peoples competitive side in a ‘Breadwinner’ competition, where the bread’s bought by participants were sampled by a panel of judges and the local public, in search of the best loaf.

Click to see the project website: www.exponentialgrowth.org

Rebecca’s projects take the form of live events in public places, installations, and interventions, exploring the territory between art, ecology and politics. Her practice investigates places, and their inhabitants. Through repeated experiments in specific sites she seeks to interrupt her own assumptions about a place and understand perspectives she could not see alone. 

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