Genome editing tools such as CRISPR are beginning to reshape the physical world around us, one base pair at a time. As an Artist in Residence in the labs of Sebastian Diecke, Ralf Kühn, Uwe Ohler and Boris Tursun, the artist Emilia Tikka explored how this could affect society in the future. On November 1st, 2018, she presented the resulting artwork called “ÆON – Trajectories of Longevity and CRISPR” at the science art gallery STATE Studio in Berlin. See her artwork by watching the video "”.
Together with the gallery, the MDC and the ORION Open Science Project of the European Union also invited to a mini-symposium on the topic of immortality.
Emilia’s artistic concept is a speculative scenario about a possible future of genome editing technologies and the human obsession of youth. The residency project is concerned with the human desires and dreams driving current biotechnology from institutional laboratories to citizen science tinkerers. The project will inspire and contribute to the ORION public dialogue and is aiming to engage society in discussions of risks and opportunities presented by disruptive technologies, such as CRISPR-Cas9.
The , Hauptstraße 3, 10827 Berlin, is expected to run until the end of April. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 12-7 pm.
About the residency
The residency was a cooperation between MDC and , a Berlin-based Art and Open Science initiative, aiming at guiding an open dialogue around critical issues regarding the cultural impact of scientific research. The project was financed by ORION Open Science Project at the MDC
Read more about the project
- Nature, November 30, 2018: “ ”
- MDC Press Release, May 10, 2017: “ ”
- Süddeutsche Zeitung, August 15, 2018: “ ”