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NATURE Lab Workshop with Oron Catts: In the Lab

March 18, 2014 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm EDT

NATURE Lab, in collaboration with the Arts Department at RPI, is offering the following workshop the day before his speaking event on 3/19/14. Catts will lead this workshop which will cover some of the main techniques of regenerative biology that are used for in vitro meat and will explore the broader cultural and artistic implication of using living tissue within non-medical context.The idea of growing products rather than manufacturing them has been explored and critiqued through the notion of the semi-living by the Tissue Culture and Art Project (TC&A) since 1996. It stems from the developments in biomedical research in the 1990s, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine specifically. The premise was that we can evoke the latent regenerative abilities of the biological body to grow organs and tissues either inside or outside of the biological or techno-scientific bodies. Like with synthetic biology, the engineering mindset of making products out of living being needs to be scrutinized. In the context of tissue engineering, in-vitro meat and in-vitro leather are two of the main examples. Oron Catts has grown both meat and leather using tissue engineering and was the first person to grow and eat a piece of in-vitro meat.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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