Oron Catts to present workshop "Growing meat and synthetic biology"

Oron Catts to present workshop "Growing meat and synthetic biology"

EMPAC Studio Beta

March 18, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The idea of growing products rather than manufacturing them has been explored and critiqued through the notion of the semi-living by the Tissue Culture and Art Project (TC&A) since 1996. It stems from the developments in biomedical research in the 1990s; in particular tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The premise was that we can evoke the latent regenerative abilities of the biological body to grow organs and tissues either inside or outside of the biological or techno-scientific bodies. Like with synthetic biology, the engineering mindset of making products out of living being needs to be scrutinized. In the context of tissue engineering, in-vitro meat and in-vitro leather are two of the main examples. Oron Catts has grown both meat and leather using tissue engineering and was the first person to grow and eat a piece of in-vitro meat. Catts will lead this workshop which will cover some of the main techniques of regenerative biology that are used for in vitro meat and will explore the broader cultural and artistic implication of using living tissue within non-medical context.

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