“The Tissue Culture & Art Project (TC&A) 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 that 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.”
—Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr, Perth, Australia
Tissue Culture & Art Project was CEPA Gallery’s Artist in Residence during September 2008, and created two commissioned works for Trans-Evolution: Examining Bio Art from September 19 through December 20, 2008.