Introduction

I have been awarded an artist residency at Bristol University, to work together with three academics in considering the lab-based practice of Eryrthropoeisis: the culturing and manufacture of human red blood cells (also known as Synthetic blood) in the laboratory.

This will take place in the Biochemistry lab of Dr Ash Toye – based within Bristol University’s Synthetic Biology Research centre – and will be in collaboration with Professor Julie Kent and Dr Maria Fannin, both feminist scholars in bio-ethics and human geography respectively. The residency will ask many questions, including how can artists work with ‘lively’ materials and cultured human tissue; and explores ways to articulate (specifically through an artistic approach to making) the cultural, ethical, techno-scientific and aesthetic practices involved in culturing blood.

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