The Mechanism of Life – After Stephane Leduc

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In his 1911 book Stephane Leduc tried to prove that life is merely a chemical process. In a series of experiments he was showing the emergence of life like phenomena of different degrees of complexity. This piece recreates Leduc’s experiments using custom made rapid prototyping printer to create “protocells”. The work deals with cultural amnesia and reimagining. With current attempts in creating synthetic life, it is important to culturally probe into the ideas of the Mechanism of Life.

Assisted by Biofilia, Base for Biological Arts, Aalto University, Finland and developed with funds from the Department of Culture and the Arts Western Australia.