THE ABSENCE OF ALICE

2008 - 2011 [ongoing]

ABOUT

Project overview

The Absence of Alice consists of a series of evolving exhibitions initially inspired by Svenja Kratz’s engagement within the area of cell and tissue culture over a five year period working with the Tissue Repair and Regeneration (TRR) Group, within the Cells and Tissues Domain, at the Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) from 2008 – 2011. The title refers to the artist’s early experiences working with the Soas-2 cell line — a cancer cell line originally established from an 11-year old girl called Alice in 1973.  All subsequent exhibitions map the creative evolution of this initial engagement into other areas of applied biology, including genetic engineering and primary culture of human and fetal calf cells.

Six evolving, multi-component exhibitions and several smaller ‘deviations’ form the basis of The Absence of Alice. Each exhibition includes several works in a variety of mediums (photomedia, sculpture, video, bioart). These works function as assemblages of interconnected ideas explored during the artist’s engagement with contemporary biotechnologies.

This site includes documentation from each instance of The Absence of Alice from 2008 – 2011, as well as more recent projects that form part of the ongoing series.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2008 - 2011

AOA #1 | 2008

The Absence of Alice #1

AOA #2 | 2008

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STENDHAL SYNDROME | 2008

Stendhal Syndrome

AOA #3 | 2009

The Absence of Alice #3

AOA #4 | 2010

The Absence of Alice #4

AOA #5 | 2010

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AOA #6 | 2011

The Absence of Alice #6

KEY WORKS

2008 - 2014

FRAGMENTS OF A BODY | 2008

Fragments of a Body in the Process of Becoming Other

HYBRID INSECTS | 2008 – 2009

Hybrid Insects

A SHRINE FOR ALGERNON | 2008 – 2011

A Shrine for Algernon

CONTAMINATION OF ALICE #3 | 2009

The Contamination of Alice

HEK 293T | 2010 – 2013

HEK 293T

EXPERIMENTA | 2014

Experimenta 2014

THE IMMORTALISATION OF KIRA AND RAMA| 2011

Immortalisation

THE INFLUENCE OF AESTHETICS ON ETHICS | 2011

aesthetics

LIFE AND DEATH VESSELS | 2011

cabinet

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