Memorial service for the spirits of microorganisms and artificial cells/lives

Memorial service for the spirits of microorganisms and artificial cells/lives 2016

Memorial service for the spirits of microorganisms and artificial cells/lives

This is a project that inquires into the very nature of life, amalgamating artificial cell synthesis – a technology at the forefront of bioscience – with Kenpoku’s fermented food culture, around a central concept of commemorating the dead. The tearoom near the entrance is a “memorial room” for artificial cells and fermenting microorganisms: slides and related resources are presented on the tables, while glass vats display research apparatus and microorganisms. In the Japanese-style room at the back on the left, visitors can watch interviews of various people who are relevant to the project, from those working in cell synthesis, to local fermenters, brewers, and stone dealers, to locals who build memorial monuments. Moreover, with the help of local residents, a memorial monument for artificial cells and fermenting microorganisms has been permanently installed at the Kinpa Kangetsu Orihashi Community Station in the city’s Satomi district. The project is helmed by biologist and artist Hideo Iwasaki – a professor of Science and Engineering at Waseda University – who is joined by three members of his bioart platform metaPhorest: Hanna Saito, Mio Iizawa and Shiryu Kirie.

Art Information

Number

D-06

Title

Memorial service for the spirits of microorganisms and artificial cells/lives

Cooperation

Video production: Rikuo Ihara, Daiki Matsuoka, Hiroto Watanabe
Cooperation: Kinpa-Kangetsu (Orihashi Community Station)

Artist

Hideo IWASAKI+metaPhorest

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