£70-£80 for the 5 day workshop / includes material costs / only 10 places available
Ticket link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sf-transplant-tickets-57333562228
About the event
a theoretical-practical bio-hacking/bio-art workshop
by Quimera Rosa
presented as part of EcoFutures festival
“SF. String Figures. Science Fact. Science Fiction. Speculative Fabulation. Speculative Feminism. So Far.” (D. Haraway, 2016)
“Bioart is a ‘tactical biopolitics’” (B. da Costa and K. Philip, 2008)
“If Foucault understood biopolitics as the disciplinary forms for the optimization, coercion, and control of biology, then bioart organizes itself around them to divert, derail, or expose those domination regimes and ‘life’ management systems.” (E. Kirksey and S. Helmreich, 2010)
With a commitment to creative self-experimentation, open-source data and biomedical research, Quimera Rosa’s workshop will utilise bio-hacking DIY techniques to challenge binary identity principles that often separate humans from their non-human relations.
This workshop is based on two years of biomedical research arising from the artist’s project Trans*Plant, and the ethical issues they encountered through its development. Their research has led to the creation of two parallel processes. Firstly, “My disease is an artistic creation,” aims to replicate and release a medical technique called Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) to treat condylomata of HPV. The second strand develops a protocol for the first intravenous chlorophyll in humans. During this workshop participants will be introduced to the legal and ethical frameworks for working with biological materials, as well as techniques and tools to work with cell cultures. With this knowledge, and through the use of various biomedical techniques, each participant will create a new symbiotic being based on a composite preparation for plant cells and mycorrhizal fungi with the contribution of human material (cells, hormones or bacteria).
The workshop is aimed at people who are interested in the (de)construction of identity or who want to experiment with it. No prior knowledge is required as we encourage a curious and experimental approach.
Trans*Plant is a transdisciplinary project, initiated by Quimera Rosa in 2016, that utilizes living systems and self-experimentation. It is a process that involves a 'human > plant' transition in various formats. The project juxtaposes disciplines such as arts, philosophy, biology, ecology, physics, botanics, medicine, nursing, pharmacology and electronics. The project is involved in the current debates surrounding the Anthropocene from a perspective which is not based on 'human exceptionalness and methodological individualism' (Donna Haraway), but that addresses the world and its inhabitants as the product of 'cyborg processes', of 'becoming with' (Vinciane Desprets) and of 'sympoiesis' (Haraway).
The greatest problem with the dominant strand of ecology is that it is based on a notion of 'nature' which is separate from humanity and the rest of the universe. Such discourses of ecology lead to colonial and binary relations between nature and culture, and an almost infinite list of other binomials founded in modern Western thought: man / woman, white / non-white, straight / queer, science / witchcraft, adult / child, normal / abnormal. The second term of each binomial is associated with nature and is therefore subjected to the same regime of violence.
Through heterotrophy carried out to its maximum, a necropolitics is constituted that literally 'consumes' everything on this planet. 'Protecting nature' seems to be a bad idea... It is strange how it is generally accepted that an individual, delimited by the skin, constitutes a living being, but that the planet as a whole is not regarded in this way. It is time to conceive of 'ungrid-able ecologies' (Natasha Myers) and ways of 'un-greening the green' (Jens Hauser).
In order to conceive of a non-anthropocentric ecology, we need to move away from identitie
Official Link: https://cuntemporary.org/transplant-workshop/