A live feed webcam located in my office at the Ohio State University broadcasted the activities of composting worms in action. The meals were made of waste foods that worms like – carrot pulp, asparagus ends, coffee grounds, banana peels – on a bedding of shredded newspaper and coco coir. The worm bin was illuminated with infrared light to protect the worms from visible light, which can harm them.

Time lapse videos were also produced. This one above shows an amplified perspective of the transformation of waste into fertilizer. This video reveals the awesome efficiency of these soil organisms and reminds me that human life depends upon them. When the worm bin lid is opened the scene is visible in color (the camera switches from infra-red to color mode).

Multiple LIVE Feedings occurred over four months, with the wormcam webcam live streaming 24/7.

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  • LIVE Feeding 2015 - 2017
  • Materials network webcam, live composting worms, plastic bin, food waste, paper waste, infrared light, video
  • Exhibited 849 Gallery, Kentucky School of Art, Louisville, KY • Pearl Conrad Art Gallery, Mansfield, OH