Plans for making the cryobook archives

Tagny Duff

Stage 1: The making of the Cryobooks
( SymbioticA, the art and science collaborative research laboratory, Perth, Western Australia).

-I will meet with plastic surgery patients to ask for consent to use post-surgery tissue waste. I have established a working relationship with a plastic surgeon and will submit the necessary human ethics and biosafety approval forms to SymbioticA and the University of Western Australia required to acquire post-surgery tissue for artistic research purposes. (All approval forms were obtained for the previous Living Viral Tattoos project).

-New immunohistochemical staining techniques will be further tested in vitro and developed to express a range of colour stains on skin. (This will extend research previously conducted with immunohistochemical staining processes as seen in the video “Moist Media Archives: Living Viral Tattoos”.

-I will experiment with cutting the shape and size of skin in order to make the pages. I will work a cryostat machine which will allow me to cut tissue.

-I will also take a workshop to learn techniques for sewing sutures in skin in order to bind the cryobooks together. Different techniques for fixing and preserving the books will be tested.

– A series of cryobooks will be made based on the aforementioned techniques within a time frame of one month.

Stage 2: The making of the “Cryobook archive” prototype
A cryogenic display case for the cryobooks will be designed and developed, as one of the two main components of the installation. The Cryobook Archives will be designed and engineered to facilitate the public interaction with the cryobooks.

Phase three: The testing of prototypes in situ

Testing of the functionality and aesthetic display of the Cryobook Archives prototype and the cryobooks will occur in a designated laboratory space. The laboratory space will be explored and researched as an in situ performance/exhibition site. Once all the safety requirements, artistic and technical elements are complete, visitors will be invited to engage with the prototypes for a one-day public engagement.

This last phase will provide research into the range and scope of interactivity enacted between audiences, the in situ context and the installation. It will also provide a “safe space” to test safety measures for audiences and realize the technological functionality of the installation components.


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