Jennifer Johung and The Tissue Culture & Art Project

Associate Professor Jennifer Johung’s article, “Vital Maintenance: The Tissue Culture & Art Project and Infrastructures of Care,” published in Artlink‘s September issue on Bio-Art: Life in the Anthropocene, focuses on a series of installation and performance rituals undertaken by the contemporary artists Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr.  Co-founded by Catts and Zurr, the Tissue Culture & Art Project has been exploring the use of tissues and tissue engineering technologies as artistic media, instantiating the necessary lab conditions and constant supply of nutrients to their artworks in-growth within a gallery setting, as well as the means by which these semi-living entities are killed and disposed of once the exhibition ends.