The Small Protein Translation Machine features a piece of in vitro meat
growing in a microgravity bioreactor. Bathed in a rich nutriment
solution containing ten percent fetal calf serum, the cells that
constitute this semi-living meat will slowly translate nutrients into
animal protein while replacing the polymer scaffold on which they grow,
highlighting the arguably futile idea of in vitro meat.
Culture & Art Project (TC&A) investigates our relationship to
different grades of life through the construction/growth of a new class
of object/being: the Semi-Living. Parts of complex organisms are kept
alive outside the body and coerced to grow in predetermined shapes.
TC&A’s evocative objects explore new discourses and new
ethics/epistemologies that surround issues of partial life and the
contestable future scenarios they offer us.