Thursday, September 1, 2011

Patricia Piccinini (Australian) – science and ethics (biotechnology)

Game Boys Advanced, 2 002, silicone, polyurethane, clothing, human hair.
The two boys are cloned twins. On close inspection alarming signs of premature aging can be seen. The source for this idea was Dolly the sheep. Dolly was a ewe (5 July, 1 996 – 1 4 February, 2 003) famous for being the first mammal to be cloned from a cell. Dolly’s death at the premature age of six years prompted debate about the biological and ethical consequences of cloning.

‘Patricia Piccinini is an artist who explores the frontiers of science and technology through her sculptures, photographs and video environments. Since the early 1 990s, Piccinini has pursued an interest in the human form and its potential for manipulation and enhancement through bio-technological intervention. From the mapping of the human genome to the growth of human tissue and organs for stem cells, Piccinini’s art charts a terrain in which scientific progress and ethical questions are intertwined.’
Rachel Kent, ‘Fast forward: accelerated evolution’, catalogue essay for exhibition call of the wild,
Museum of C ontemporary Art, Sydney, 2 002.

Text from:
an education resource for the colliding worlds exhibition at the Samstag Museum in SA.

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