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VISCERAL exhibit showcases art made with living tissue
18:58 February 15, 2011
 8 Pictures VISCERAL consists of exhibits such as The Vision Splendid, a 'living relic' made fromdonated skin cells
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 Cardboard Engineers - www.whskinner.co.uk   CAD design and graphics specialists special projects from cardboardBT Business Broadband - business.bt.com  Now with unlimited wi-fi - New! Up to 20mb speeds from £11pmBright White Canvas - www.landoruk.com  Fine Art Satin and Matt Canvas with Liquid Lamination ProtectionCord Tissue Storage - www.cellslimited.com  Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Storage with Europe's Largest GroupAds by Google Should you find yourself in Dublin, pondering the social and ethical ramifications of advances in bioscience, you really ought to check out VISCERAL: THE LIVING ARTEXP
ERIMENT at Trinity College’s Science Gallery. The show was put together by theUniversity of Western Australia’s SymboticA art
-science residency program, and features 15works of art (or are they works of science?) that incorporate living tissue, created by
SymboticA researchers from several countries. It’s intended to be an exploration of the boundaries between art and science, and of “our changing understandings and perceptions of 
life in the light of rapid developments in the life sciences and their appl
ied technologies.” It’s
also a chance to see books grown out of human skin cells.
“There is something that makes us a little uneasy, perhaps even queasy, about the idea of creating artworks from living tissue,” said Science Gallery director Michael John Gorman.“While we are increasingly comfortable with the use of digital technologies
for artisticpurposes, the very idea of tissue-engineering becoming an art form makes us squirm. Thework exhibited in VISCERAL forms a series of provocations, asking us to consider the
myriad of possible implications of our new biotechnological toolkit.”
 One of the exhibits is the
Semi-Living Worry Dolls
, created by Australia’s Oron Catts and
Ionat Zurr. Inspired by traditional Guatemalan hand-crafted worry dolls, they were reportedlythe first tissue-
engineered sculptures to ever be presented “alive” in a gallery,
when theymade their debut 11 years ago. The dolls are made from biodegradable polymers seeded withliving cells, and housed within a micro-gravity bioreactor. Throughout the course of theexhibit, the cells will gradually replace the polymers, making the dolls
sort of 
come tolife.In
Silent Barrage
, created by the Neurotica collective in collaboration with Georgia Tech, anarray of pole-climbing robots move in response to the activity of 50,000 neurons in a petridish. Cameras track the movements of visitors to the exhibit, which are digitized and thenused to stimulate the neurons. In this way, the audience both dictates the activity of the

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