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IMMERSIVE BIO ART
Project: Design Media Arts at UCLA

GEORG DIETZLER SELF DECOMPOSING LABORATORY
1999

Evolving Still-lifeOystermushroom cultures inocculated in PCB-contaminated soil (Mixed with growing media of woodchips, straw & potatoes) will split off the chemical structure of PCB into non-toxic substances in a period of about 18 months. Depending on climatic conditions the mushrooms have regenerated the laboratory unit and adapted to its surroundings in between five to ten years. The laboratory has been constructed which allows visitors visual access only. Environmental agency scientists doing soil analyses have access only, their results and microscope photographs will be presented on an information board while the process of decontamination is invisible.




STELARC & IONAT ZURR, TISSUE CULTURE & ART 1/4 SCALE EAR IN PROGRESS

Artificial Limbs & Organs Stelarc is growing a 1/4 scale replica of his ear using human cells. The ear is cultured in a rotating micro-gravity bioreactor which allows the cells to grow in a 3D structure. Once the ear can be grown with Stelarc's own bone marrow cells it would be possible to insert it beneath the skin of the forearm as a first step to construct an ear on the arm. The skin of the forearm is smooth and would adequately stretch without the necessity of any inflating prosthesis. The ear on the arm could be constructed with less complex surgical intervention. And disconnected from the face, the ear on the arm could be guided and pointed in different directions.




THE TISSUE CULTURE & ART PROJECT DISEMBODIED CUISINE 2003

Have your frog and eat it too! Disembodied Cuisine was an attempt to grow frog skeletal muscle over biopolymer for potential food consumption. A biopsy was taken from an animal which will continued to live and was displayed in the gallery along side the growing “steak”. The installation culminated in a “feast”. The project is about “victimless” meat consumption. As the cells from the biopsy proliferate the ‘steak’ in vitro continues to grow and expand, while the source, the animal from which the cells were taken, is healing.

http://www.tca.uwa.edu.au/disembodied/dis.html








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