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THE WITCH IN THE LAB COAT, 2019-present
The Witch in the Lab Coat is a PhD research-creation and scientific research project (in progress) that explores the intersection of feminist witchcraft and tissue engineering through the development of a body- and performance-based laboratory practice. This is a work in progress until mid-2023, currently conducted at SymbioticA International Centre of Excellence in Biological Art in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Additional laboratory facilities have included at the University of Montreal, University of Ottawa and the DZNE (German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease) at Charité Berlin.
The Witch in the Lab Coat includes the sub-project, Mooncalf, an original research by WhiteFeather, which is a scientific and cultural exploration of the development of menstrual serum for use in tissue culture, as well as endometrial mesenchymal stem cell (eMSC) isolation from menstrual blood. This research was featured by Merck/ Sigma-Aldrich for International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021, as part of their #nextgreatimpossible series. This work is presented by Art Laboratory Berlin as part of the MATTER OF FLUX programming, offered in collaboration with FEMeeting 2023. More information on the MATTER OF FLUX exhibition is here.
For more information on each aspect of the project, please view the image descriptions.
Read more about the project on We Make Money Not Art, here. This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through a Doctoral Fellowship, the Australian Government and the University of Western Australia. Additional support has come from Art Laboratory Berlin.