The lab was recently invited to be part of the 2015 Ontario Scene Festival and had the opportunity to show some of our work in the exhibit “BioArt | Collaborating with Life” at Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa City Hall, from April 28 – May 31, 2015. We decided to show a scaled-up version of our previous installation, Re-Purposed. Part of the month long show included talks from our current artists-in-residence, Tristan Matheson and WhiteFeather Hunter, on May 20.
Daniel Modulevsky and Andrew Pelling
Pelling Lab, University of Ottawa
Apples, Human Epithelial and Fibroblast Cells, plastic Petri dishes and epoxy
In Re-Purposed 46, Modulevsky and Pelling present preserved, lab-grown specimens of apples containing human cells. This work represents a ‘physical biohack’ in which apples have been re-purposed as a supporting matrix for living, artificial human tissues. The samples were created without the use of genetic engineering, instead relying on standard cell culture techniques practiced worldwide. Here, Modulevsky and Pelling highlight the ability to create living, functional, biological composites that do not naturally exist in nature without resorting to the manipulation of DNA. Re-Purposed 46 provokes a reflection on the hopes, fears and possibilities associated with engineering biological objects that blur the lines between science fiction and reality. The research presented here was previously published in the peer-reviewed journal Plos One in 2014.
Re-Purposed 46 (Table Installation), 2015.
Artist-in-Residence Talk, Tristan Matheson (L) and WhiteFeather Hunter (R)