Fri05Feb201617:30 - 20:00Haus der Kulturen der Welt - Workspace John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 10557 Berlin Germany
The series Trust Me, I’m an Artist investigates ethical issues arising from art and biological science collaboration, where artistic projects nudge up against the newly possible and often precede regulation. The series considers the roles and responsibilities of artists, scientists, and institutions involved. The protocol is as follows: an artist proposes an ethically complex artwork to a specially formed ethics committee (following rules and procedures typical for the host country), who then debates the proposal and comes to a decision about its implementation, which is publicly discussed. transmediale will host an ethics panel regarding the Cellular Propeller project by Howard Boland of London-based C-Lab, which explores the fourth domain of synthetic biology where bio-matter is mobilized to perform novel behaviours.
Wed25May2016Medical Museion Copenhagen
The next edition of Trust Me I'm an Artist will feature Heirloom, a project by Gina Czarnecki. The Heirloom project involves growing “skin portraits” of Czarnecki’s daughters from their own cells on fragile glass casts. When these cell cultures evolve into translucent tissue, they are preserved, removed, and displayed. The heirloom Experiment subverts the notion of the portrait through the actual use of human material from the subject taking the stage and questioning representation itself.
The possibility of maintaining a youthful face (not only made up of young skin cells, but also retains the armature of a teenage face) when you grow older and the development in personalized medicine was the starting point of this work. With the Medical Museion Copenhagen, this expanded to include the possibility of linking your scientifically accurate portrait to the National DNA Bank and what this could mean for the future of maxillofacial reconstruction, cosmetic modification, and cloning.
The audience are invited to have their faces scanned and this identifiable information archived and presented with a 3d print of their faces. Throughout the exhibition the collection of visitors faces grow – forming a crowd.
The next edition of Trust Me, I'm an Artist will be held in Copenhagen on the 25th of May.