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in "Body shopping: Challenging convention in the donation and use of bodily materials through art practice", a transcript of a conversation moderated by LOUISE MACKENZIE and ILKE TURKMENDAG

Published onAug 27, 2022

Louise Mackenzie and Ilke Turkmendag in conversation with Isabel Burr-Raty, WhiteFeather Hunter, Charlotte Jarvis, Miriam Simun, Hege Tapio and Adam Zaretsky wrote the transcript “Body Shopping: Challenging convention in the donation and use of bodily materials through art practice”, (pp. 279–297) for Technoetic Arts 18.2-3, special issue “Taboo–Transgression–Transcendence in Art & Science”:

“The historical context of body and tissue donation is deeply problematic, with patriarchal and colonial narratives. The contemporary context of molecular and genetic biology further complicates issues of bodily donation through narratives of abstraction and extraction. As practitioners working outside the conventional boundaries of scientific study learn the tools and techniques to extract and use bodily materials, they are also learning and challenging the procedures and processes. This article approaches questions of bodily donation through the edited transcript of a conversation between artists who regularly use body fluids and cellular bodily materials in their practice (…).”

Mackenzie, Louise, Turkmendag, Ilke, Burr-Raty, Isabel, Hunter, WhiteFeather, Jarvis, Charlotte, Simun, Miriam, Tapio, Hege and Zaretsky, Adam (2020), ‘Body shopping: Challenging convention in the donation and use of bodily materials through art practice’, Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, 18:2&3, pp. 279–97,

Louise Mackenzie, Ph.D. is an artist and research associate with the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. She makes artworks that explore material connections with scientific culture. She is co-founder of interdisciplinary projects, Black Box and Alive Together and is a member of the Cultural Negotiation of Science research group. Publishing credits include Leonardo (MIT Press) and Technoetic Arts (Intellect).

Dr Ilke Turkmendag is a senior lecturer in Newcastle University Law School, United Kingdom. She is interested in social, ethical and legal aspects of biomedicine, with a focus on human reproduction. She has published widely
on socio-legal and ethical aspects of donor conception, reproductive care movements, egg donation, mitochondrial replacement techniques and human germline editing.

Isabel Burr-Raty is an independent filmmaker, artist, researcher and sexual
Kun Fu coach, exploring the interstice between the organic and the artificial. Intertwining installation, performance and film, her practice blurs the limits between sustainable pharmacy and agro-cultural technologies, inviting the public to queer labour understandings, such as the Beauty Kit Farm. She teaches New Media Art history in École de Recherche Graphique Brussels.

WhiteFeather Hunter is an internationally recognized Canadian artist and Ph.D. candidate at The University of Western Australia, cross-enrolled at the UWA School of Design and the School of Human Sciences (SymbioticA). Her current research intersects biotechnology, technofeminism, witchcraft, performance and video.

Charlotte Jarvis, MA RCA, works at the intersection of art and science. She has grown her own tumour, recorded music onto DNA and is currently on a mission to make ‘female’ semen. She has had ten international solo shows and over 150 group exhibitions. She has won the Bioart and Design Award, the Netherlands, the H20 British Council commission, Argentina, and the Alternate Realities Commission, United Kingdom. She is currently a lecturer at The Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths University.

Miriam Simun is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of ecology, technology and the body. Her practice spans multiple formats including video, performance, installation and communal sensorial experiences.

Hege Tapio is a Ph.D. candidate with OsloMet. Since 2001 her practice as artist and curator has pursued the interest in emerging media interconnecting art, new technology and science.

Adam Zaretsky, Ph.D., is a Wet-Lab Art practitioner mixing ecology, biotechnology, non-human relations, body performance and gastronomy. He stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs based on topics such as foreign species invasion (pure/impure), radical food science (edible/inedible), jazz bioinformatics (code/flesh), tissue culture (undead/semi-alive), transgenic design issues (traits/desires), interactive ethology (person/machine/non-human) and physiology (performance/stress). His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans.

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