Flashow 1: Adam Zaretsky
Chiesa dei Santi Cosma e Damiano, Giudecca, Venezia
Experiments in DIY New Reproductive Technologies
Methods of Transgenesis: Shoot, Shock and Inject, now with Massage Lotion and Rhizome TransGene InFection too! How to hack biolistics, electroniporation, microinjection along with lipofection and zinc finger protein therapy.
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 what ways will this project change the cultural reception of scatological action?
Adam Zaretsky, Ph.D. is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing ecology, biotechnology, non-human relations, body performance and gastronomy. A former researcher at the MIT department of biology, for the past decade Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs. He also runs a public life arts school: VASTAL (The Vivoarts School of Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.) VASTAL was opened as both an artistic gesture and in order to make hands-on biotechnology labs more accessible to the public. During the following years, VASTAL has publically held living-art performance labs with accompanying Unstill Life Studies (ULS) lectures.
Special thanks to Roberta Buiani, Mirko Rizzi, Pier Paolo Scelsi and Emma Soletti