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Real and Imaginary Mutants

Kratz, S ORCID: 0000-0001-6834-5409 2018 , Real and Imaginary Mutants. Unhallowed Arts Festival, Old Customs House.

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Abstract

Real and Imaginary Mutants forms part of the artist’s ongoing engagement in art and science practice. The work was initially researched and developed during a bioart residency at Gorlaeus Laboratories, Leiden University in the Netherlands in 2013 funded by The 2012 QLD Premier’s New Media Scholarship from QAG/GOMA.The work consists of a series of drawings composed of ink and coloured protein pigment created from the membrane vesicles of genetically engineered archaebacteria developed by researchers from the Leiden University Biophysical Organic Chemistry/SSNMR group. Rendered in a style reminiscent of 19th century scientific illustration, the drawings reference concepts of the monstrous in the popular imaginary of Western culture, as well as imagined contemporary biotechnological mutants. By melding fictional representations with ‘real’ mutant elements (the coloured pigment), the work comments on the difference between imagined constructs of the ‘mutant’ as a monstrous chimera of multiple species and the realities of contemporary biotechnologies that are often invisible to the naked eye and involve subtle changes to single amino acids. The expanded series also includes drawings that comment on the impact of the media on public perceptions of biotechnologies and the fear and fascination that boundary transgressions and challenges to established systems of power inspire. The works contribute to the field of bioart by bridging the divide between fine and biological art by combining drawing with advances in bioengineering.

Item Type: Creative Works
Authors/Creators:Kratz, S
Keywords: Bioart, Drawing, Mutants, Mutagenesis, Archeorhodopsin, Bacteriarhodopsin, Biongineering
Publisher: Unhallowed Arts Festival, Old Customs House
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Copyright 2019 the creator

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