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Volume 30, Issue 59
  • ISSN: 0845-4450
  • E-ISSN: 2048-6928


This article presents extracts from a short film - a speculative vital materialist tale that reaches beyond a human perception of time, to document a conversation between a past-present-future sentient community-being of cells and their kin, present day humans who are always already symbiotically and parasitically involved in their generation. The conversation took place during a participatory performance workshop held at ASCUS Lab in Edinburgh, 2017, where participants genetically modified E. coli bacteria to hold a thought (DNA with no known biological meaning, only cultural meaning) within their bodies, and were then invited to enter into a speculative dialogue with their distant cellular kin.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): bioart; cells; DNA; kin; performance; Speculative; vital materialism
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