10:00pm – Tuesday, March 20 on ABC1
Imagine wearing a leather jacket that was grown in a lab. The artwork Victimless Leather is cultivated in just this way using the tools of biotechnology and a procedure known as Tissue Culture.
The creators of Victimless Leather, husband and wife team Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr are considered pioneers in the genre of Bioart.
Internationally this dynamic couple leaves a wake of critical acclaim and vigorous debate, so it’s hard to fathom that in Australia, their home country, they’re yet to secure a significant exhibition.
Tissue follows Catts and Zurr growing their final Victimless Leather jacket. This notorious and highly sought piece brought their Perth organisation, SymbioticA into the global spotlight when another of their jackets grew out of control at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It was subsequently euthanased by MoMA’s curator.
As if looking through a microscope, Tissue peers into SymbioticA in much the same way its subjects investigate their own work. Meet international artists-in-residence, there to develop their own Bioart under the guidance of Zurr and scientific mentors. Brush against dozens of eerie semi-living artworks and engage in the conversation at the core of all SymbioticA art.
Humorous and playful one moment, provocative and challenging the next, Tissue explores the world of SymbioticA and the space between the living and non-living.
Director Alethea Jones recently won the 2012 Tropfest Award with her film Lemonade Stand.