Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

“Lab Grown Bespoke Materials”

Amy Congdon has taken up a residency at SymbioticA in Perth, where I gave a talk last year. She's studying possibilities of using tissue samples to grow tissue using bio-inkjet printing.

Would you wear lab grown ivory? Or eat lab grown meat? My first reaction to both is no. I'm not yet sure of all the reasons, and I haven't thought it through very much. But I have a negative reaction to the idea of preserving the fantasy along with the fantasy support, in both cases, perhaps in an even purer form since both items are now definitely human made.

There's a Firesign Theater piece, an ad for “plump, sugar fed meat” that I recall.

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