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[Theme of this lssue] Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr: The Tissue Culture & Art Project

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Jo Wei (Researcher of Art,Science and Technology at China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Curator  )

3奥伦·凯茨:场景

Disembodied Cuisine| Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr

Artist Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr founded The Tissue Culture & Art Project, devoted to exploring how tissue engineering can be used as a new medium for artistic expression. 

“Victimless Leather” was realized with the technical support from Harvard Medical School. Through using tissue culture technology, the artists made the figure of a micro jacket using animal cells, suggesting that future leather might be acquired without killing animals. Based on this, Catts proposed the idea of “semi-living,” as he believes that the ethical issue triggered by this project is largely related to “semi-living”: Do we need to take care of them? Does it objectify a living being? The existence of “semi-living” challenges our existing belief system and recognition of life and death. 

This work participated in the 2008 exhibition Design and the Elastic Mind at MoMA in New York and was featured by The New York Times with a dramatic title “Museum Kills Live Exhibit,” which perfectly exemplifies the different interpretations of bio art among artists, museums, audiences, and critics. 

无受害者的皮革

Victimless Leathe |The Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr) 

3奥伦·凯茨:半活体解忧娃娃,展览现场图

 the exhibition scence of Quasi-Nature|2019

Artist Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr founded The Tissue Culture & Art Project, devoted to exploring how tissue engineering can be used as a new medium for artistic expression. 

 

“Victimless Leather” was realized with the technical support from Harvard Medical School. Through using tissue culture technology, the artists made the figure of a micro jacket using animal cells, suggesting that future leather might be acquired without killing animals. Based on this, Catts proposed the idea of “semi-living,” as he believes that the ethical issue triggered by this project is largely related to “semi-living”: Do we need to take care of them? Does it objectify a living being? The existence of “semi-living” challenges our existing belief system and recognition of life and death. 

This work participated in the 2008 exhibition Design and the Elastic Mind at MoMA in New York and was featured by The New York Times with a dramatic title “Museum Kills Live Exhibit,” which perfectly exemplifies the different interpretations of bio art among artists, museums, audiences, and critics. 

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