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Blood Culture: reimag(in)ing life at a cellular scale

  • Fannin, Maria (Principal Investigator)
  • Toye, Ash M (Co-Investigator)
  • Connor, Katy (Co-Investigator)
  • Kent, Julie (Principal Investigator)
StatusFinished
Period20/01/1731/07/17

Description

This project explores how artistic research as methodology can bring new insights to the lab-based practices of cell culture and in particular to the practices of culturing red blood cells. It will bring together biochemist Ash Toye from the Bristol Synthetic Biology Research Centre (BrisSynBio) and researchers in his laboratory; artistic researcher Katy Connor, interested in exploring the boundaries between bodies and technologies; and two social scientists, Maria Fannin (Geographical Sciences) and Julie Kent (UWE/BrisSynBio); to explore how shared interests in blood culture technologies can contribute new conceptual vocabularies and practical insights into Art-Science collaboration. It will therefore enable new perceptual encounters to occur between the four participants: asking how researchers and artists work with ‘lively’ materials like cultured human tissue; exploring novel ways of articulating the cultural, ethical and aesthetic practices involved in culturing blood; and inherent reflections on methodological approaches to ‘making’.

This project is funded by the Brigstow Institute.

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