The 1994 exhibition METHANOGENESIS (the natural process through which methane gas, an essential component of the
global carbon cycle, is generated as a by-product of decomposition) is the most collaborative art project accomplished
by the Mountain Lake Workshop to date. Microbiologist, Dr. James Ferry, and artist-in- residence of the New York
Sanitation Department, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, consulted with the Mountain Lake Workshop over a period of two
years to create a unique exhibition of abstract artworks focused on the invisible, life-sustaining processes of anaerobic
(oxygen-free) bacteria. This multi-media exhibition attempts to unite the concepts and methods of past Mountain Lake
Workshops with the “performance and installation” strategies associated with Ms. Ukeles' previous artwork.
The several events of a week-long workshop (June 5-11, 1994) involved approximately one hundred community
participants in the creation of the various materials included in the exhibition.
*This exhibition was a featured presentation of the Blacksburg Summer Arts Festival 1994.