PIGS BLADDER FOOTBALL
ARTIST TALK: JOHN O'SHEA
Sat 01 Sep, 14:00 - 16:00
Pigs Bladder Football launched one year ago by setting out a remarkable challenge: by August 2012, artist John O’Shea would culture the world’s first bio-engineered football, grown from living cells. Since November 2012, O’Shea has been artist in residence at the University of Liverpool’s Clinical Engineering Unit where he has collaborated with Professor John Hunt and Theun Van Veen to develop bespoke protocols for harvesting animal tissue. Through biological experimentation, rapid prototyping and an iterative design process, this work has been an exercise of precise tissue engineering. The final ball, which will be produced by replicating the same techniques used to create artificial human organs, encourages us to consider the that role life sciences will have in our daily lives both today and in the future. It also references the colliding worlds of human enhancement, the bio-technology industry and the global capitalisation of sport, which have become highly contested areas. How will changing the material properties of the ball affect the rules of our beautiful game?
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