The Tissue Culture & Art Project (TC&A), (an on-going research and development project initiated in 1996) was set to explore the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression. We are investigating our relationships with the different gradients of life through the construction/growth of a new class of object/being – that of the Semi-Living. These are parts of complex organisms which are sustained alive outside of the body and coerced to grow in predetermined shapes. These evocative objects are a tangible example that brings into question deep rooted perceptions of life and identity, concept of self, and the position of the human in regard to other living beings and the environment. We are interested in the new discourses and new ethics/epistemologies that surround issues of partial life and the contestable future scenarios they are offering us.
About Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr
ORON CATTS AND IONAT ZURR Award winning artists, researchers and Curators, Catts and Zurr formed the internationally renowned Tissue Culture and Art Project. Catts is the Co-Founder and Director of SymbioticA: the Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts at the University of Western Australia and a Professor of Contestable Design at the Royal College for the Arts UK. Dr Ionat Zurr is researcher and SymbioticA’s academic co-ordinator as well as a faculty member at the School of Design, The University of Western Australia Both are Visiting Professor at Biofilia – Based for Biological Arts, Aalto University Finland (2015-2020), and have been Research Fellows at the Organ Fabrication and Tissue Engineering Lab, Harvard Medical School (2000-2001). They are considered pioneers in the field of biological arts and publish widely, exhibit internationally and their work has been collected by MoMA New York. Catts & Zurr ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; their work is often cited as inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials, textiles, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.