Hermine – The living bacteria culture

Workshop in the framework of the Osterferienspiel by wienXtra for children from 9 to 12 years of age

  • Mon 03/04/2023, 10-12 am (fully booked)
  • Mon 03/04/2023, 2-4 am
  • Tue 04/04/2023, 10-12 am (fully booked)
  • Tue 04/04/2023, 2-4 pm


Absolutely old-school or analog trendsetter? While in the past,  her brother, Herman, was the center of attention, today Hermine plays the leading role. Like her brother, Hermine is a living sourdough made out of flour, water, yeast and sugar that can be multiplied infinitely.

Well, the  relationship to Hermann, the sourdogh-chain letter from the 80s, cannot be denied. However, who actually is Hermine and what is her relation to both us humans and the exhibition Matrix Bodies at Kunstraum Niederoesterreich?

In the workshop we want to get to the bottom of these questions.

Using the example of the Hermine-dough we will focus on the smallest co-inhabitants of our ecosystem: microorganisms and bacteria, in other words living cultures that gladly elude human control and yet are in a relationship with us around the clock.

Roaming through the exhibition, we question the concept of culture as a manifestation of purely human existence and explore how much our own bodies are actually connected to the environment.

To do this, we will take an in-depth at Hermine, get to know her and her preferences better, and together create both a profile and a instruction manual for her. This way, all relatives, she comes to after the workshop know how she feels most comfortable.

At the end of the workshop all participants can take home their personal Hermine and then the dough-networking really begins!



  • Duration: 2 hours
  • The workshops are open for children from 9-12 years of age.
  • The workshops are for free and can be visited individually.


The workshops take place in the framework of the wienXtra-Kinderaktiv-Programm.

Contact for questions: or +43 (0)1 90 42 111.


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