bioLeeds

bioLeeds is a group of people interested in art, design and making with biology in Leeds city region.

Market Stalls

The Market Stalls project was a collection of DIYbio experiments developed by Dr. Jo Leng, Andy Wilson, Dr. Jo Galloway, Joe Corcoran and Paul Turner. The experiments were then run on market stalls in Leeds Kirkgate and Huddersfield markets, drawing passersby of all stripes to try out our different experiments – which might sound a lot simpler than one might think!

Experiments included taking ‘Cell-fies’ with a homebuilt microscope, food dyes and a quick cheek swab of the volunteer, through to an experiment in our sense of smell and perception, and even real-time paper chromatography of fruits, vegetables and inks that were available in the markets.

Huddersfield Market, May 2014

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smells mapping bioLeeds smell test at Huddersfield market spring 2014

smells mapping bioLeeds smell test at Huddersfield market spring 2014

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close up of a DIY microscope made from a webcam and enclosed in a wooden box and connected by USB to a laptop

close up of a DIY microscope made from a webcam and enclosed in a wooden box and connected by USB to a laptop

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a family with two small children all look at the image from a DIY microscope on a screen

a family with two small children all look at the image from a DIY microscope on a screen

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Chromatography on blotting paper strips and turned into bunting, Huddersfield market in spring 2014.

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Chromatography on blotting paper strips and turned into bunting, Huddersfield market in spring 2014.

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a woman tries to describe a smell in a test tube while her family watch, a bioLeeds activity in spring 2014

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A melting block of ice with salt and dye inside so creating patterns – a bioLeeds activity at Huddersfield market in spring 2014.

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Joe from Leeds Hack Space shows a family an image on a laptop created by a DIY USB microscope in Leeds market in summer 2014.

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Bunting made from stips of blotting paper that was used for the chromatography of fruit and veg at Hudderfield market in spring 2014.

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Joes adjusts his “home made” USB microscope at Huddersfield market in spring 2014.

Cheek cell photo using DIY microscope, by Joe Corcoran and Paul Turner

Image of a cheek cell created on the bioLeeds “home made” USB microscope.

Cheek cell photo using DIY microscope, by Joe Corcoran and Paul Turner

Image of cheek cells created on the bioLeeds “home made” USB microscope.

Human hair photo using DIY microscope, by Joe Corcoran and Paul Turner

Image of a human hair created on the bioLeeds “home made” USB microscope.

Leeds Market, Aug 2014

Bunting made from chromatograpgy strips at Leeds Market; bioLeeds Aug 2014

Bunting made from chromatograpgy strips at Leeds Market. The chromatography was of fruit and veg brought at the market; bioLeeds Aug 2014

Andy nd Jo point at bunting made from chromatograpgy strips at Leeds Market. The chromatography was of fruit and veg brought at the market; bioLeeds Aug 2014

Andy nd Jo point at bunting made from chromatograpgy strips at Leeds Market. The chromatography was of fruit and veg brought at the market; bioLeeds Aug 2014

Jo Galloway at Leeds Market helps a man to sample smells a smell and record with a sticker

Jo Galloway at Leeds Market helps a man to sample smells a smell and record with a sticker if he can smell anything

People at Leeds Market place stickers on a poster to show what they can smell - summer 2014

People at Leeds Market place stickers on a poster to show what they can smell – for a smell map – summer 2014

People at Leeds Market place stickers on a poster to show what they can smell - summer 2014

People at Leeds Market place stickers on a poster to show what they can smell – for a smell map – summer 2014

People at Leeds Market place stickers on a poster to show what they can smell - summer 2014

People at Leeds Market place stickers on a poster to show what they can smell – for a smell map – summer 2014

Jo Galloway talks to a butcher and another stall holder about smell at Leeds market

A butcher takes the smell test at Leeds Market for bioLeeds in summer 2014

molecules modeled out of tangerines and marshmallows by Jo Galloway for bioLeeds in Leeds Market

molecules modeled out of tangerines and marshmallows by Jo Galloway for bioLeeds in Leeds Market summer 2014

Another butcher takes the smell test for bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

Another butcher takes the smell test for bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

cell-fies created by Joe of bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

cell-fies created by Joe of bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

Jo Galloway makes models of molecules out of tangerines and marshmallows for bioLeeds in Leeds Market summer 2014

Jo Galloway makes models of molecules out of tangerines and marshmallows for bioLeeds in Leeds Market summer 2014

cell-fies created by Joe and Paul of bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

cell-fies created by Joe and Paul of bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

cell-fies created by Joe and Paul of bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

cell-fies created by Joe and Paul of bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

cell-fies created by Joe and Paul of bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

cell-fies created by Joe and Paul of bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

cell-fies created by Joe and Paul of bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

cell-fies created by Joe and Paul of bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

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The “Can You Smell This?” display for bioLeeds at Leeds Market in the summer of 2014

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