Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr work together as the Tissue Culture & Art Project. Credited as the leading lights in the rapidly developing ‘bioart’ movement, Catts & Zurr raise direct and controversial issues about life. These artists actually grow their own art in biology labs. Using the techniques of bioscience, the artists grow sculptures using living tissue. For Catts & Zurr, the stuff of life is both the physical substance and the subject of their work.
Their parody of a fine dining experience, The Remains of Disembodied Cuisine, is fittingly located in one of Middlesbrough’s most popular restaurants. In a critique of the exploitation of animals for food, the artists used their tissue-culture lab to grow ‘victimless steaks’ from frog cells. The resulting ‘steaks’ were consumed in a performance banquet in France. The Remains of Disembodied Cuisine documents the growing of the ‘steaks’, shows the people who ate them and presents the tissue which remains from the banquet.
Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr co-founded the Tissue Culture and Art Project (TC&A) in 1996 and together set up SymbioticA Laboratory at The University of Western Australia (UWA). They are renowned internationally as artists who work with living tissue, and have exhibited in venues such as Ars Electronica, Adelaide Biennale of Australian Arts, LÁrt Biotech France and National Gallery of Victoria. Their work has been published in Leonardo Magazine (MIT Press), and Live Art (Tate Publication). They have been research fellows at The Tissue Engineering & Organ Fabrication Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Catts is the Artistic Director of SymbioticA. Zurr is currently teaching the Art & Life Manipulation course in UWA, and developing a programme for Master by Coursework in Biological Arts.
Curated and produced by AV Festival 06
Preview: Fri 10 March 2006, 8.30pm
Fri 10 March – Sun 12 March 2006
193-195 Linthorpe Road
Middlesbrough TS1 4AG