Saturday, 30 August 2008


Photo Credits: matt Johnson

Captain Science Matt Johnson ( and I imitating bad chemistry experiments.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

bioreactor in mini ecosystem

This is an initial concept sketch of the mini ecosystem which will contain the bioreactor, in which the tissue taken from my thigh will be grown into sculptural form.
The top vessel is the bioreactor. the second tank will be a aquarium, and the bottom one a plant tank. All constructed from glass.

Image+ Design: Matt Johnson

Image + Design: Matt Johnson

Image + Design: Matt Johnson

My current Residency at SymbioticA ( involves designing the bioreactor, in collaboration with Matt Johnson an industrial design student from the RCA in London, and Oron Catts as part of The SymbioticA Research Group.

While here at symbi i'm also working on a project involving thetissue cuturing of excess surgical tissue from cosmetic surgery patients, and doing HIV/Lentivirus research following from Go Forth an Multiply, mentioned below.

slip me some skin - work in progress

Slip me some skin is a project involving the culturing of my own tissue outside my complete living body. This project involved indergoing a tissue biopsy, to remove primary tissue from my body, to be cultured within The University of Tasmania's School of Medicine's Pathology Dept. On the 18 March at 4pm I met my appointment at an undisclosed surgery, where an eliptical piece of tissue 3cm x 1cm was removed from my inner thigh.

Video footage of this process was taken and is being compiled into a video piece.

These photographic images chart the healing process of the post-surgical site, for the 8 days following the biopsy. The tissue was taken directly to the UTAS Med School Labs, where it was reduced to a celleular level. The cells are currently culturing in a flask, and will be seeded onto a sculptural armature and placed within a makeshift rotating bioreactor for 3D growth on the armature.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Go forth and Multiply

Infection complete

The blue spots are the infected cells. It was assumed that cell infection would be fairly evenly spread, though it coincidently occured in a camoflague pattern.