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History of BAIT​

The Picasa Web Gallery was inaugurated on May 8, 2007 and was first featured on UWNews in Jan 2008. As a result, Harborview Hospital art curator Peggy Weiss invited us to put together the first BAIT exhibit (Feb-Apr '09) and generously paid for the framing of more than a dozen pieces. As Peggy was the first person who believed in our work, we are indebted to her and we will be always eternally grateful for her vision and advice. (If anyone knows of her whereabouts, we would love to keep in touch and thank her personally.)
 
On March 2009 we started posting microfluidic videos with music on our YouTube Channel. Some of them include a microfluidic device with microvalves that are programmed to respond to music. We now boast 42 videos, 113 subscribers, and more than 100,000 views (!), averaging >850 views/month.
 
On August 2009, we started making prints available for sale through SeattleOnCanvas (after reaching an agreement with the UW to not charge indirect costs on the proceeds). The second BAIT exhibit (Sep '09 - Aug '10) was shortly after, at the UW Meany Theater.
 
Our pictures are linked often in other, highly visited websites and blogs. In 2009 a page on our art was posted by the famous microfluidic site FluidicMEMS, and later a nice blog feature on our images was posted on Tumblr, receiving multiple re-blogs.
The third and largest BAIT exhibit (Nov'10 - Jul'11) was at the UW Allen Library Research Commons, to which we were invited as its inauguration exhibitor. This Commons exhibit was featured on UWNews (Nov' 10) and was the basis of a UWTV interview on BAIT (Jan '12). Some pieces remain prominently displayed at the Research Commons on permanent loan.
 
On November 2011, Albert Folch gave a talk ("Advances in Cell-Based Microfluidics: An Artistic Perspective") to present BAIT at Harvard, the first presentation of BAIT outside of UW.
 
The fourth BAIT exhibit (Mar - Apr '12) took place at a local framing store, Museum Quality Framing (3717 NE 45th AVE, Seattle).​
 
We organized our highly successful fifth BAIT exhibit (Sep '13) in the halls of the international BMES 2013 conference in Seattle. It was the first time that a Folch Lab Art exhibit was viewed by thousands of people!

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On 31st Oct 2013 Albert Folch presented the Art in Science Award (organized by Lab on a Chip) at the MicroTAS Conference in Freiburg (Germany) where he gave a short overview of BAIT in a plenary talk (see PDF). A similar presentation was repeated at the MicroTAS Conference in San Antonio (Texas) in October 2014.

On October 2014, three of our YouTube videos were used in a MIT Neurotech video production included in Scientific American's blog under the title "Microfluidics Opens a Window Into Unseen Worlds". The video is below:

 

 

 

On November 2014, Albert Folch was invited to give the Mahato Memorial talk at Duke University and speak on Science & Art (the first time that Albert Folch has been invited to talk about art!):

 

 

 

At the Mahato Memorial the Folch Lab was able to exhibit 6 pieces, which represents the first BAIT exhibit outside of Seattle.

 

 

 

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