'21st Century: Art in the First Decade' is an exhibition, publication, blog and series of public programs at the Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art that explore the art of the past ten years. As an expanded platform for the exhibition, the '21st Century Blog' functions as a source book of reference material and contributions provided by artists, curators and writers. Read more



The Tissue Culture and Art Project | est. 1996, Perth, Western Australia | Oron Catts, Finland b.1967; Lonat Zurr, England b.1970 | Odd Neolifism (detail) 2010 | Bioreactor, glass, CO2, nutrient solution, living cells, and taxidermy and preserved specimens on loan from the collections of QM Loans, Queensland Museum, Brisbane; the University of Queensland’s Zoology Museum, courtesy of the School of Biological Sciences; and Mr David Burnett, Curator International Art, QAG/GoMA. | Internal cabinet dimensions: 135 x 1580 x 58.5cm | The Tissue Culture & Art Project is hosted at SymbioticA — The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia | Commissoned for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’

The Tissue Culture and Art Project ‘Odd Neolifism’ 2010

The Tissue Culture and Art Project (TC&A) is an ongoing artistic research and development project into the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression. Pioneering in the field of biological art (or ‘bio-art’), the TC&A was central to the establishment of SymbioticA – The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, in the School of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia in 2002.

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.

Categories: Artist, Exhibition

One Response to The Tissue Culture and Art Project ‘Odd Neolifism’ 2010

  1. By Zoe

The 21st Century Blog reserves the right to remove comments which it considers to be abusive, defamatory, discriminatory, off-topic, or unlawful.