We will begin in the kitchen by considering the performance and metabolic activation of our own human cells through the stimulation of various culinary tastes, scents, sounds and smells.
After feeding our cells with fermented foods and other delectable delights, de Menezes will discuss the concept of immortalization of cell lines as it relates to her art project Immortality for Two. In this project De Menezes and her collaborator Luis Graca immortalize each other’s immune cells with a viral vector. As De Menezes writes, “The immortal cells, although derived from two people in love, as they derive from immune cells involved in the body defense cannot interact or they will be mutually rejected. Thus, immortality comes at a price – and that price is perpetual isolation”.
De Menezes will also discuss her current research investigating the role of synthetic biology and the new gene editing tool CRISPRcas9 and its impact on changing notions of evolution, nature and the performance of life.
Marta de Menezes is an invited international guest artist-in residence at the Institute from February 8-20 (2016) in collaboration with Fluxmedia and the Centre for Synthetic Biology, Concordia University.
Monday, February 8, 2016
5 – 7pm
1515 Saint Catherine St. W.
EV Building, Room 11.705 + 715
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