FINzaretsky Muta Felch
a virtual exhibition curated by Charissa N. Terranova and David R. Wessner
during their participation in The Bridge 2015-2016, SciArt Center's residency program
In mutaFelch- a DIY (Do It Yourself) biolistic genegun is used to bombard a mixture of human sperm, blood and shit with raw hybrid DNA soaked in gold nanocarriers. http://www.sciartinitiative.org/gut-instinct.html
In the case of humans as GMOs, the sites of contention are based on human anatomy and, in particular, hereditary cascade entry points for novel gene constructs. The questions are simply: Where to get genes in? How to get genes in? Which genes to pick and why? Who is produced?
Where? - gene insertion potential: sites on the human-animal body are: 1. The whole somatic body (including germ cells) 2. Targeted reproductive organs 3. In vitro or in situ sperm and ovum 4. Post fusion zygote or blastula 5. Embryonic Stem cells (ESc), isolated lines in tissue culture 6. Developing embryos and/or embroid bodies 7. Primordial germ cells (captured during migration)
How? – GM methods: 1. Minimally invasive germcell access: physical getting to potential sites 2. Which genes to pick and why: a taxonomy of all possible traits in the life world 3. Transcript for alterity: designing vectors and cassettes for trans gene infection of the genome 4. Methods of transport: getting the infectious construct (plasmid or raw DNA) into the germline nuclei, i.e. 1) genegun, 2) microinjector, 3) plasmids 4) electroporators, 5) agrobacteria and 6) lipofection. 5. Inbreeding kindred: methods of stabilizing a novel transgenic line
Where? – Human IGM spaces of interest: 1. Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 2. Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology 3. IVF/fertility clinics 4. Hospital based gene therapy trials 5. Transgenic animal production 6. Abortion clinics – family planning 7. Surrogate mother agencies 8. Sperm donor agencies 9. Medical waste embryo disposal or medical research reuse containers 10. International Space Station (ISS), HESc in orbit research ongoing…
In mutaFelch- a DIY (Do It Yourself) genegun is used to bombard a mixture of human sperm, blood and shit with raw hybrid DNA soaked in gold nano mirocarriers. This is a part of a DIY-IGM (Do It Yourself Inherited Genetic Modification of the Human Genome) Vastalschool project called Methods of Transgenesis including Intranuclear Transgene Infection Bioart labs in Microinjection, Electroporation and Biolistics.
mutaFelch- Practice :: mutaFelch- Methods of Transgenesis: Genegun (Biolistics), performed at:
Queer New York International Arts Festival and Grace Exhibition Space, http://www.grace-exhibition-space.com/performance.php?event_id=472, Brooklyn NYC, US 2014
Kapelica Gallery, http://allevents.in/ljubljana/dr-adam-zaretsky-2211-demonstracija-projekta-2411-performans/399907086828022 , Ljubliana, Slovenia, EU, 2014 Camera: Jurij Krpan, Presented at Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, 2014
In mutaFelch- a DIY (Do It Yourself) biolistic genegun is used to bombard a mixture of human sperm, blood and shit with raw hybrid DNA soaked in gold nanocarriers.
“through an engagement with mutaFelch – a bioart performance in which Zaretsky deploys a DIY adaptation of gene gun technology in order to create living paint, I … examine affect as a manifold concept, consisting of different and often overflowing gradations (such as disgust, eroticism, and fear) in order to gain insight into the specific visceral mechanisms underlying any interaction between viewer, artist, and artificially constructed life.”
Doing the Taboo: Examining Affect and Participation in Bioart, M. M. Roijackers, 2015
mutaFelch- Theory, a sneak peek from a feature in progress 1. Soak the DNA in gold dust 2. Load the DNA dust into a genegun (a modified air pistol) 3. Fire the DNA dust into a mix of fresh sperm, blood and shit. 4. Call the genetically modified mix of blood, shit, and sperm a living bioart, a new media paint, a living cut-up literary device and/or a mutant sculpture.
“The Human Microbiome Project (HMP) is based on studying the life that lives within us. This is our second genome, our internal ancestors and possibly the source of our third mind. What kind of beings might result after insertion of scrambled genes in their family tree? What kinds of identity splay can we expect from becoming bacterial? In which ways will this project change the cultural reception of scatological action?”
-Mutate or Die: a W.S. Burroughs Biotechnological Bestiary, humanity+ (h+) Magazine, February 6, 2011, http://hplusmagazine.com/2011/02/06/mutate-or-die-a-w-s-burroughs-biotechnological-bestiary/
mutaFelch- Ethics, The video remash of mutaFelch- ethical review From “Trust Me I’m an Artist#1: “Mutate or Die” with Adam Zaretsky: Towards an Ethics of Art/Science Collaboration” held by Anna Dumitriu and Bobbie Farsides, 2011, Theatrum Anatomicum, De Waag, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Soundtrack by Kira DeCoudres.
“It is one thing to have a moral intuition or personal opinion about a ‘crazy’ bio art project. It is another thing to be the one responsible for making the verdict: ‘you are’ or ‘you are not allowed to shoot naked DNA in a substance called felch and smear the resulting mutafelch out over voluntary human canvases’.”
- “It takes guts and trust” by Ellen Ter Gast http://www.ellentergast.com/it-takes-guts-and-trust-the-ethical-assessment-of-the-mutate-or-die-a-w-s-burroughs-biotechnological-bestiary-project-by-adam-zaretsky/
from “Trust Me, I’m an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art and Science Collaboration” a book by Anna Dumitriu and Bobbie Farsides http://www.artscienceethics.com/ mutaFelch- Ethics Review, full:
Part One: https://vimeo.com/37405974
Part Two: https://vimeo.com/37418928
Part Three: https://vimeo.com/37421376
Part Four: https://vimeo.com/37443983
The ethics form here:
The consent form:
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