Gut Love: You Are My Future
An ongoing investigation exploring our human condition through the lens of our gut microbiome. We are made up of more than just our human cells, as we have millions of bacteria and fungi in and on our systems. How do these ecologies of the body coexist? How are we evolving together? What do we share with others – even if it is taboo? Looking at research in fecal microbial transplants and gut biomes to better understand the important function of bacteria in our bodies, this project embraces metaphors of interspecies love, immunology and bacteria as players. Is our gut a “hackable space?” As a patient with Crohn’s disease, High’s interest in gut microbiota starts with her own body.
“The transformation of waste is perhaps the oldest pre-occupation of man.”
Collaborators include: William DePaolo, Guy Schaffer, Oliver Kellhmmer, Allison Berkoy
Creative input from: Paul Vanouse, Solon Morse, Eleanor Goldsmith, Diane Bertolo, Jillian Hirsch, Bill Jones, Kat McDermott, Senem Pirler, Michael DiPaolo, Caitlin Foley, Zach Appio
Sponsors: CMiST Center (University of Washington), The Mütter Museum, Coalesce Center for Biological Art (University of Buffalo), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/School of HASS, Rainin Foundation, and The Science Center
Kathy High (USA) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator working with technology, art and biology. She collaborates with scientists and other artists, and considers living systems, empathy, animal sentience, and the social, political and ethical dilemmas of biotechnology and surrounding industries. She has received awards including Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. Her art works have been shown at documenta 13 (Germany), Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center and Exit Art (NYC), UCLA (Los Angeles), Science Gallery, (Dublin), NGBK, (Berlin), Fesitval Transitio_MX (Mexico), MASS MoCA (North Adams), and Para-site (Hong Kong). High is Professor in the Arts, and has a lab in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. She hosts bio/ecology+art workshops and is creating an urban diy bio lab in North Troy (NATURE Lab) with community media organization, The Sanctuary for Independent Media. She is an ongoing artist in resident with the Center for Microbiome Sciences & Therapeutic, DePaolo Lab, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle.