Jennifer Willet, Baroque Biology Petri: Hesitation, 2020

$100.00

Photograph printed on Fuji Crystal Lustre archival print

Digitally signed and editioned by hand

5.5″ x 5.5″ 

Edition of 100

Depending on size, prints are wrapped in with a stiffener, sealed in a plastic and shipped flat or in a sturdy tube with sealed ends.

100 in stock

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Description

Baroque Biology (Paper Theatre) is a series of LB Agar petri dishes containing imaginary biological vignettes where non-human organisms teach humans complex biotechnological processes. Reminiscent of William Hogarth’s serial engravings combined with fairy tales from a biotech future, each allegory focuses on a non-human organism who tries to communicate with humans in a helpful manner about the biological processes they employ for survival, for reproduction, and/or aesthetic pleasure. Sometimes the human characters are open to receiving the communicated information, and sometimes they are hostile, or ignorant to the messages they are receiving across species. This work is inspired by Lynn Margalius and Dorion Sagan who argue that humans learned genetic engineering from microorganisms, and Bruno Latour who argues that Pasteur collaborated with microorganisms in the discovery of penicillin. These perspectives upset the more common biotech narrative of human ingenuity and discovery as the central force in advancing biotechnological research.

Each vignette is staged within the context of a paper theatre collage. Petri dishes growing GMO bacteria also contain paper cut outs, gold leaf, and 3D sculptural agar forms. The dished are incubated and photographed after the bacteria have time to interact with the print components.

In viewing order:

Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Soliloquy of the Dandelion)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Glycolipid Sighting)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Ecoli La Volta)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Interspecies Interludes)

Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Microbial Jubilee)

Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Unorganized Extra Cellular Material at Midnight)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Sullying Guests)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Anaerobic Trekkers)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Enthusiastic Perch)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Estranged Ecoli Carrier Organism)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Inoculated Balcony Scene)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Trawling the Biergarten)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (EI BLOT TIL LYST)

Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Erythromycin Enchantment)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Molecular Pavilion)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Subcutaneous Sightings)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Symposium in the Solarium)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Avian Carrier Cacophony)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Presentation of the Smirch)
Baroque Biology Paper Theatre (Clandestine Cavernous Communion)

Additional information

Dimensions 5.5 × 5.5 in

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