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Protocol for compassionate disposal of in-vitro semi-living bio-organisms (text).
Microscopic digital video shows repetitive looping of a 24-hour time lapse (11 seconds) of 3T3 connective tissue cells successfully engaging with and performing vital functions on degummed, sterile silk filaments (fibroin) in cell culture media. Silk was chosen for this experiment as a scaffold for cells due to its natural indicators for cell differentiation.

Prepared in-lab and produced August 2014 in collaboration with Guy Ben-Ary, Manager, CELLCentral, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, University of Western Australia. Part of my research conducted during an artist residency at SymbioticA Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia. Captured in the CELLCentral Live Cell Imaging Suite. Funding provided by: artsnb, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Concordia University, and numerous private donors.

Aseptic Requiem, gallery version
digital microscopic video with subtitles