Eduardo Kac, GENESIS (1999). Kac encodes a Bible quote as a synthetic gene in a living micro-organism, and allows people to mutate the bacterium by switching on an ultraviolet light. The line, "Let man have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth," is progressively distorted by the UV radiation. "It is a symbolic gesture that means we do not accept its meaning in the form we inherited it."
The embroidered 'Cell Series' by Laura Katherine McMillan are Machine and Hand Embroidery in Petri Dishes. She says; 'I began this series of embroideries as a way to fuse my background studies in a... More
Antoine Bridier-Nahmias paints with mould, marrying art and science in an unexpectedly delightful way. His strange media include various sets of bacteria and fungi, ranging in color, texture, and density, and a petri dish serves as his canvas. Once a piece is grown to his aesthetic satisfaction, the artist photographs it from above, capturing the nuances of the material in stunning resolution.
Growth Pattern | In this piece, a living natural system takes on the form of a manufactured pattern. Tobacco leaves are die-cut into a bilaterally symmetrical pattern and suspended in tiling square petri dishes that contain the nutrients necessary to promote new leaf growth.