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Bio Art Symposium at the Tate Modern

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I am invited to speak at Bio Art: Altered Realities at the Tate Modern on Thursday the 26 November 2015, 18.3020.00. The evening will be chaired by William Myers, author of the eponymous book ‘Bio Art’.

It is exciting to be officially invited back to the Tate Modern where we held an inofficial maggot exhibition and intervention ‘Maggotypes’ fourteen years ago. Back in 2001, the East Room @ the Tate Modern was open to the public and filled with visitors who enjoyed the spectacular view over the Thames. It did not have security personnel or CCTV, so it was the perfect location for Gero Grundmann and myself to exhibit the work of some talented maggot artists in a series of performances.

The audience was allowed to select a maggot-artist who we then interviewed. It answered our questions via ink trail.

As the performance went on, the audiences drew nearer to the table as the maggot turned from disgusting to funny to cute (maybe not cute for everyone but certainly for some).

Afterwards we were asked: “What happens to ‘Bill’ (or Dick, William, Sandra) now? You are not going to kill him, are you?” – Mission accomplished!

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