KATHLEEN ROGERS   

COSMOPOLITICAL FUTURES | FATE MAP 01 | HUMAN DONOR SERIES - CUTS 000 - 006
 

VIDEO  INSTALLATION Multi-Screen Video and Sound Art
6 x LED screens for panoramic video and sound installation. 

Duration: HD Video 16:9  6 screens x 3 minute Loop

+ single screen version 21 minute Loop

Editor Simon Allmark

The six-channel video and sound installation, FATE MAP 01 - HUMAN DONOR. Intra-actions and reconfigurings, consists of 6 horizontally aligned screens/projections designed as a panoramic landscape. Viewed in partial darkness, the work provides an audience with a reflective space and the offers an emotional engagement with both the clinical, philosophical and ethical dimensions of stem cell research.

The work develops the themes and theories of vital materialism to explore the biological processes of evolutionary symbiosis and regenerative phenomena. The projects harness elements from the regenerative medicine space to create a body of video, photographic and other on-going materials.  

Buckminster Fuller described the occurrence of structure in chemical elements not as things but as ‘patterns of inherently regenerative constellar associations of energy events’.

The dynamic metabolism of each of our cells determines its growth or demise and the sustained presence of stem cells within the porosity of both the embryonic and adult body, suggests holistic connections between periodicity, cell re-newel, cell death and the nature of mind.

Screen 1 Matter

Screen 2 Vascular

Screen 3 Viscera

Screen 4 Ossify

Screen 5 Primordial

Screen 6 Lacunae

Projects in the Human Donor series are founded on an EPRSC funded, Pathways to Impact (PiA) art and science residency at the University of Southampton in the School of Medicine on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine exploring the use of stem cells in the area of Bone and Joint research. The PiA (Pathways to Impact) residency and site-specific research was produced in association with Professor Richard OC Oreffo and the Bone and Joint Research Group at the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration, Human Development and Health within the Faculty of Medicine.The research residency enabled close observation and reflection on the science of osteo-specific differentiation, function and signaling pathways in stem cell populations. 

The aesthetic design of the work references the theoretical work of philosopher Karen Barad. Visually exploring how time based, visual and linguistic representation can regulate and dictate interior and exterior perspectives of objects. Dual streams of words combine descriptive text notations drawn from poetics, genomics and bone chemistry suggest parallel images and streams of consciousness.  The work exploits the visual aspects of language, applying imagistic repetitions, tonal variants, scale and magnification to create a contemplative space. Virtual shadows and sound composed of visceral heart pulses invoke the infinite levels of reproduction of living cells in the human body.

In addition to the installation work the project includes large scale photographic installations and photographic artist's books.  These editions echo the conceptual methods of the moving image installation. Thematic titles are conceptually re-versioned and the form is fluidic: pages may carry a single image or mirror pages found elsewhere; a text frame may directly relate to an adjacent image or may be repeated or carry references to a later event.

VISUAL AND CONCEPTUAL RESEARCH PROCESS

Stem cell transfer treatments replace non-functioning and dead cells at tissue sites within the body with healthy donor cells. The hope of medicine is that collections of induced pluripotent stem cells might one day come to form a biological resource for regenerative treatments and medical application.

Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC), can differentiate differentiate in vitro or in vivo into adipocytes, chondrocytes and osteoblasts the progenitors cells of human cartilage and bone. Kathleen began looking at the shape principles governing the structuring of bone, its emergent mathematics and the geometry of its growth. The structuring of cellular growth is beautifully exemplified in the emergent architecture of bone.

During the residency I was granted access to biological donor materials associated with embryonic, fetal and adult stem cell research. I produced hundreds of photographic studies of human donor derived tissue as the conceptual basis of a multi-screen video installation. The visual research demonstrates how embodied, sensory encounters with digital media are intrinsic to the visual literacy of scientific research.