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Ionat Zurr | Brisbane Interview

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Published on Feb 17, 2011

To mark the end of the first decade of this millennium, the Gallery presents '21st Century: Art in the First Decade' at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from 18 December 2010 -- 26 April 2011. © 2011 QAG|GoMA

Pioneers in the fields of biological arts, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr established the Tissue Culture and Art Project (TC&A) in 1996 as an ongoing artistic research and development project into the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression. In December 2010, Catts and Zurr spoke with Naomi Evans, Assistant Curator, Contemporary International Art about the Tissue Culture and Art Project and their contribution to the '21st Century: Art in the First Decade' exhibition which explores the classification of specimens in a changing era of genetic engineering.

The Tissue Culture and Art Project (TC&A)

TC&A creates evocative works from biological materials and technologies with a great sense of responsibility. In the early 2000s, bone cells and engineered tissues were created as proxies for animal products like food and clothing. Victimless leather 2004 saw 'semi-living' tissue grow over biodegradable armatures to form tiny garments. Other works explore the absurd and whimsical, for example The Pig Wings Project 2003, where the artists grew small prototypes for porcine wings in petrie dishes. TC&A raises important cultural discussions about the ethics and epistemologies of technologically manipulating living systems for human ends. Odd neolifism 2010 in this context explores the field of taxonomy, or the classifying of specimens, as a subject undergoing radical change in the era of genetic engineering. The artists ask what place constructed forms of life can have in this system.

| EXHIBITION WEBSITE |
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| EXHIBITION PHOTOSTREAM |
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