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Murder at MoMA?

by Chin-Chin Yap

Pulling the plug on a radical bio-art project prompts a wide-ranging debate involving artists, scientists and legal experts on what is alive. 

ORON CATTS and IONAT ZURR, Victimless Leather: Prototype (detail), 2004, mixed media, coat: 5 x 3 x 0.4 cm.

Photo by Ionat Zurr. Courtesy the artists and SymbioticA, University of Western Australia.


Trouble started at the Museum of Modern Art in New York when a work on display in the exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind” in mid-2008 began to grow too quickly for its incubator flask.

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