Did you know we humans are ninety per cent microbe and ten per cent ‘us’?

Mona’s First Lady Kirsha Kaechele does, and this year’s Mona Market is all about celebrating these much-maligned microscopic critters. She’s sick of their bad rap, you see, and thinks we should be spending more time worrying about the sorry state of the earth and of our bodies, and less time worrying about so-called ‘germs’.

Kirsha will be working with scientists and collaborator Daphane Park to present a tested gut-health hypothesis. Daphane, herself an artist and gut-health enthusiast (following a near-death experience with a microscopic foe), will turn the microscope on everyone’s favourite poo machine, Cloaca Professional (2010), putting him on a strict fermented, health-food diet. We will all measure his fluctuating stink factor.

At the same time, the market will celebrate the power of the micro-critter: fermentation, after all, is the engine of civilisation. And of hipster-ism.

Are we all just microbes? Or is that an insult to microbes?

2017 dates announced soon.

Made possible by Mona First Lady / Curator / Artist, Kirsha Kaechele, and her team of superhumans: Natalie Holtsbaum (art installations, craft and design), Jen Murnaghan (MoMa Minors), Jo Cook (fermented food), Brian Ritchie + Martin Blackwell (music).