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Futile Labor

Futile Labor is an interdisciplinary project by Ionat Zurr, Chris Salter, and Oron Catts, bringing together an artistic exhibition and scientific and techno-cultural research…
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The Mechanism of Life – After Stephane Leduc

In his 1911 book Stephane Leduc tried to prove that life is merely a chemical process. In a series of experiments…
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Semi Living Doll G

An Irreversible Performative Execution’ (2007) “The Guatemalan Indians teach their children an old story. When you have worries you tell them to your dolls. At...
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Extra Ear

In Collaboration with Stelarc In this collaboration, a quarter-scale replica of the ear of the artist Stelarc was grown using human and other animal...
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Disembodied Cuisine

Disembodied Cuisine The TC&A Semi-Living Steak project is the outcome of a residency at the Tissue Engineering & Organ Fabrication Laboratory at Harvard Medical...
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Ionat Zurr

Artist, Curator, Researcher and Academic Coordinator of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts School of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University...
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Oron Catts

Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts School of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia Oron Catts...
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AUTOTROPH

The Autotroph is a solar powered kinetic sculpture and fountain. It ironically explores the problems and possibilities of technological solutions…
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Victimless Leather

Victimless Leather: A Prototype of Stitch-less Jacket grown in a Technoscientific ‘Body’  2004 The ‘victimless leather’ is grown from immortalised cell lines which are...
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The Stone Age of Biology

The Stone Age of Biology 2000 The evolution of technology ushered a number of major developments. These developments changed the perception of humans toward...

ABOUT The TC&A Project

The Tissue Culture & Art Project (initiated in 1996), is an on-going research and development project into the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression.

THE MANIFESTO

The Tissue Culture & Art Project (TC&A) was set to explore the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression. We are investigating our relationships with the different gradients of life through the construction/growth of a new class of object/being – that of the Semi-Living. These are parts of complex organisms which are sustained alive outside of the body and coerced to grow in predetermined shapes. These evocative objects are a tangible example that brings into question deep rooted perceptions of life and identity, concept of self, and the position of the human in regard to other living beings and the environment. We are interested in the new discourses and new ethics/epistemologies that surround issues of partial life and the contestable future scenarios they are offering us.

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