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 cells. The ear was cultured in a rotating micro-gravity bioreactor which allows the cells to grow in three dimensions.
Extra Ear – ¼ Scale is about two collaborative concerns. The project represents a recognisable human part. However, it is being presented as partial life and brings into question the notions of the wholeness of the body. It is also confronts broader cultural perceptions of ‘life’ given our increasing ability to manipulate living systems. TC&A are dealing with the ethical and perceptual issues stemming from the realisation that living tissue can be sustained, grown, and is able to function outside the body.