AFTER 10 DAYS IN VACUUM BOX¡¡¡
‘0uɹ3ɟuı 3ɥʇ ɯ0ɹɟ’
contains: fury, xɐɯ3ɥʇ, blood, mycelium, fungus, rain, Kombucha leather, inferno, dead
Size: height 25 c”m, face width 11 c”m, width from the side 15 c”m
V3NUS S3LFP0RTRA1T | BURN3D – GL0W
hight: 12 c’m
contains: gypsum, Kombucha leather, fungus, mycelium, soil, blood, fury, fire
*This work is a reference to prehistoric art – late stone age Venus figurines.
“I have always had a feeling that I am a stranger here …
There was always a feeling in the background that I was there, in prehistoric times … that I was the person painting on the walls in the cave, the mysterious person we would never know. Who was he? What did he experience and think when he painted there in the dark cave … alone?
I have always been very attracted to prehistoric art. I create a lot of works that are like prehistoric sculptures, like rock paintings. In these works I use “primitive” materials, I make them “simple” … I want this “simplicity”, this “primitiveness”, to work with the hands, to delve, to sink, to disconnect.
I choose figures like a statue of a woman, like “Figurine Venus”, which symbolizes matriarchy and expresses my strong attraction to the earth, mother figure, woman figure, womb, life source…
Perhaps this character is so attractive to me and I keep coming back to her in my art, precisely because I never experienced it, because I don’t know what a mother is, what a protective and enveloping figure is, because I never had a mother, because I never knew her, and I was never someone’s ‘Child’…
Maybe that’s why I’m so hungry for heat, why I need protection … and that hunger will never go away…
* Gaia, also known as Ashtoreth – the universal image of the goddess contains three forms or main titles – Queen, Virgin, Mother.”
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TABOO – TRANSGRESSION – TRANSCENDENCE
26-28/11/2020, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria.
The project “PA1N MAP/T0TAL R3CALL” participates into the conference’s program.
The fourth international conference “Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art & Science” will take place November 26–28, 2020, in Austria, hosted by the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Including theoretical and art practice presentations, TTT2020 continues to focus (a) on questions about the nature of the forbidden and aesthetics of liminality as expressed in art that uses or is inspired by technology and science, and (b) on the opening of spaces for creative transformation in the merging of science and art.
LIFE FINDS ITS WAY
“Bioethics. Art and morality. Bioart. Validation.” © Nora S. Vaage
An first experiment “BL00D AGAR” was born on 04/29/2020.
When I started working on it, I did not know and did not suspect that it is very dangerous.
When I found out how dangerous it is – I destroyed the experiment.
I want to tell and explain what exactly happened – perhaps this information may be useful to others.
EB: Max has some interest in blood agar and I was wondering if you could point them into a direction to learn about it and about possible risks.
MG: Max, with the blood agar what are you wanting to grow?
M: In general I wanted to learn to work with agar (I wanted to grow fungus). It was my first experience with agar (in general I use my blood in my art – a lot). So I made “blood agar” and published it in bioart society. Erich wrote to me: this is very dangerous! I destroyed my experiment but I want to know/learn – how to do it in a safe way. I have researched the topic a bit and I know that one of the options is to work with an antibiotic.
MG: Ok so there are a couple of things and maybe EB has mentioned these already. First, working with your own body products like blood carries the risk that if somehow you change the cells and they get back into your body they may be able to cause serious problems such as cancer as the body recognised them as self but actually they are not. Secondly growing microbes in general poses a risk as you are increasing the number of them which could be a problem from the body just by number but also by using blood as a substrate there is the possibility of growing pathogens that need blood to survive. More to come… In the lab we are not allowed to work with our own blood due to the risk I mentioned above: we work with horse blood to make our blood agar (well actually we buy in premade plates these days more often than not). When we grow the microbes we work within a safety cabinet so that anything coming off the agar cannot be breathed in. I don’t regularly work with fungi but if they are sporulating kind then this is really important – a mask is the minimum needed but a screen between you and the dish would be better. Plus I highly recommend not doing it in your kitchen (you may not be doing this anyway but I thought it would be good to add)… So if you still want to grow microbes… antibiotics may not be the answer. We often use them to be able to exclude unwanted microbes and select for just one type that is resistant to the antibiotic used. This prevents contamination of the experiment. However it poses a different problem that now there is a microbe resistant to a particular antibiotic which might make it more persistent in the environment – so disposal has to be through some kind of high temperature sterilisation (eg using an autoclave or long and hot steam in a pressure cooker). So the use of antibiotics doesn’t make the growing any safer for you. It’s just a tool to get particular microbes…
MG: Is there a possibility that you can collaborate with a lab to work in a safer environment and may be using donor blood? And lastly where do the microbes come from?
M: Today I used ethanol for disposal – this is what I had.
“And maybe use donor blood?” – no.
“And lastly where do the microbes come from?” – from everywhere – from life.
MG: Maybe I can be a little more specific about where the microbes come from – did you leave the agar dish open and allow anything to land on it or did you use a swab or similar to wipe your body and put that onto the agar?
M: “Did you leave the agar dish open and allow anything to land on it or did you use a swab or similar to wipe your body and put that onto the agar?” – NO – I work very carefully – also I work with my blood for many years – so I know to be careful.
MG: Sorry didn’t mean to imply you weren’t working carefully. I leave dishes open (called settle plates) to collect microbes from the environment and working in the lab we sometimes swab from saliva or the skin. I was just interested in your source.
M: Is my blood agar still dangerous after pressure cooking?
MG: If you heat the blood agar in a pressure cooker to sterilise it (30 min/121 degrees) then the human cells will also be dead and that would be OK to use from the blood risk point of view.