[ISEA2013] Artist Statement: Svenja Kratz – HEK293T: The transformation of Johni or Oliver (2010)

Artist Statement

HEK 293T: The Transformation of Johni or Oliver comments on my experiences working with basic genetic engineering techniques during a three month residency at SymbioticA in 2010. In particular, the work explores the transformation of human embryonic kidney cells using green and red fluorescent proteins isolated from marine organisms. The work focuses on the transformation of the cells and the strange conflicts new biotechnologies inspire.

  • Svenja Kratz is a contemporary Australian artist interested in interdisciplinary practice with a focus on cell and tissue cultures. Aside from her work with The Edge as a Fringes Catalyst in 2013, Svenja worked at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) at QUT, where she also completed a PhD in bio-media art. (Source: edgeqld.org.au/our-work/svenja-kratz 22.06.2015)