Blood Wars and Celebrating the Unsung Rats of Science with #BioArt

02/07/2016 - 3 minutes

Kathy High is an American artist exploring the areas of technology, science, speculative fiction and art. She does this with installations and workshops – including one where the audience’s blood fights each other.

Kathy High studied fine arts, English literature, video and photography at New York. On top of having a lot of well-known work in video and performative arts, she is also famous for her BioArt.

Part of her interest in biology started with documentaries about animals. Videos like Cow Film (1979) and Animal Films (2002-04) explored how we see and relate to animals.

In Burial Globes (2009), she celebrates an animal that is particularly important to science and biology – the transgenic rat.

So many of the exciting medical breakthroughs that we talk about (from cancer and autoimmune diseases to dementia) have relied on ‘disease models‘ in early stage research. These are animals (often rats) that are genetically modified and bred to develop certain diseases –

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