The Art of Deception

As part of an internship at Atelier Monté I've worked as an assistent on the project The Art of Deception.

Using a decellularizing technique we have taken a pig heart and manipulated it into a material. Decellularization marks a new era of synthetic biology – organs are stripped of their cellular contents, leaving behind a sterile scaffold that can be repopulated with stemcells. While the medical utilization of this resource is being realised, the artistic and creative value of ghost organs represents unexplored territory. Can the ghost organ be a blank canvas for designers? Can organs be objects of design? Will humans be able to manipulate organs for aesthetic purposes?The goal of this project is to further explore how biological interventions and aesthetic manipulation can be used as tools for the ultimate deception: the transformation of inner beauty, from grotesque to perfect. The ghost organs in this case work as a metaphor for regenerated artificial life. The discarded dead hearts will not function as canonical organs, but rather as a representation of how far science can manipulate the human body. In collaboration with Professor Toby Kiers (Free University Amsterdam)   Commissioned by Bio Art & Design Awards, with the support of ZonMw (The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development).
Project assistants: Iza Stepska & Elise Marcus


Overview of some of the hearts


'Heart of the beast' is the heart I've worked the most on and was also my personal idea. For this heart I've embroidered hairs of my sisters (who just had a haircut)  into the skin of the heart. This way the heart becomes almost an animal itselve. 

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