The third instance of The Absence of Alice, Lines of Flight and Self-Assemblage, was exhibited at the QUT Visual Art Gallery in December 2009. The works produced for this series referenced new laboratory experiences, such as the contamination of Alice’s cells with fungal spores. Some works also commented on laboratory materials such as Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) – a protein rich nutrient supplement used in cell culture. The exhibition also marked a further exploration of the creative process, with particular reference to notions of interconnection, duration and the folding-in of past, present and future. The exhibition incorporated birds as a symbol for ‘creative evolution’ and movement towards the unknown.
The Absence of Alice: Lines of Flight and Self-Assemblage was developed in a creative partnership between The Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) and The Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) at QUT, Brisbane (Aus).
Completion of works would not be possible without the support from the Tissue Repair and Regeneration (TRR) Group and CIF technical staff. Special thanks to Dr Tony Parker, Dr Derek Van Lonkhuyzen and Jacqui McGovern from IHBI and visual arts technician Michael Riddle. Many thanks are also extended to the supervisory team: Dr Dan Mafe, Dr Courtney Pedersen and Prof. Zee Upton.