Špela Petrič (SI) The Attack of the Carrot Clones

cloning workshop - English language, duration 3 hours

What would happen if clones took over the world? Or have they already?

At a time when cloning has become not only a term from science fiction but also a promise for our biomedical future, it is important for us to better understand what these procedures actually entail. Cutting edge science has been working on expanding the types of organisms on which cloning can be performed, but in the mean time we have gotten very good at understanding how plants have been able to do this -- often without the assistance of humans.

The workshop "The Attack of the Carrot Clones" uses a hands-on approach to perform the hello world of plant tissue culture with simple DIY techniques and minimum specialty equipment. Having carrots as our teachers, we will look at the biotechnology, biology and implications of plant tissue culture, cloning and micropropagation, allowing you not only to clone carrots, but also experiment with other plants in your own home.

Špela Petrič (SI)

Špela Petrič is a Slovenian new media artist and former scientific researcher currently based between Ljubljana, SI and Amsterdam, NL. Her practice is a multi-species endeavor, a composite of natural sciences, wet media and performance. She envisions artistic experiments that enact strange relationalities to reveal the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of our technological societies and challenge the scope of the adjacent possible. Much of her recent work has focused on plant life. Her work has been shown at many festivals, exhibitions and educational events (La Fabrique du Vivant at Centre Pompidou (FR), Abandon Normal Devices (UK), Nam June Paik Art Center (KR), Bozar (BE)). She is the recipient of several awards including the White Aphroid for outstanding artistic achievement, the Bioart and Design Award and an Award of Distinction at Prix Ars Electronica.