the ex-plant (r)evolution: The Use of Plant Tissue Culture for Artistic Purposes

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Abstract

Using Plant Tissue Culture (PTC) practices, this project shows how plant matter treated with Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) can be manipulated for artistic purposes, and that PTC has artistic as well as scientific merit. Because biotechnology uses life as its primary resource, all living things are therefore stakeholders in its processes and products. The ‘ex-plants’ deliver a written message about the ‘nature’ of biotechnology. Through the ‘ex-plant (r)evolution’, the extent of human intervention into ‘natural’ systems is made visible, and an accessible, public dialogue on biotechnology is initiated. Living systems are often instrumentalised and commodified through biotechnological practice, and this sometimes confronts cultural sensibilities regarding life. Art can play a role in identifying and discussing areas of discrepancy between different perceptions of living systems.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2005
EventConference of the Australian Branch of the International Association of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology: Contributing to a Sustainable Future - Ecology Centre of The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority at Bold Park, Perth, Australia
Duration: 21 Sept 200524 Sept 2005

Conference

ConferenceConference of the Australian Branch of the International Association of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityPerth
Period21/09/0524/09/05

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