Euthanizing an Art Exhibit

The Jacket that ate the MOMAI’m reminded of The Chicken Heart that Ate New York.

A creepy little living organism made from stem cells on a jacket shaped scaffold titled Victimless Leather was part of a MOMA exhibit, and had to be killed because it was growing too quickly for its container.

This hybrid of science and art is one of many in the MOMA show Design and the Elastic Mind. Other pieces include

Joris Laarman’s “Bone Chair” was created with computer software that mimics the creation of human bones. The weight and stresses on a typical chair are programmed into the computer, which then works out an appropriate “bone” structure, churning out a series of increasingly refined prototypes.

“The Honeycomb Vase,” Tomas Gabzdil Libertiny designed a temporary frame in the shape of a squat vase with a slender neck. A colony of nearly 40,000 bees then went to work for a week constructing a hive over it in what the designer calls “slow prototyping”

-New York Times

Sounds like some pretty freaky stuff

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~ by The Great and Powerful RB on May 6, 2008.

One Response to “Euthanizing an Art Exhibit”

  1. Seed Magazine’s Daily Zeitgeist pointed this out to me. I’m completely weirded out. And holy crap amused. Whoa.

    Ciro

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