Cellular Memorabilia by Tagny Duff (Assistant professor, Communication Studies, and graduate of the Studio Arts MFA program) features three works that utilize the tools and practices of tissue culture engineering to reflect upon the changing status and perception of bodies at the turn of the post-biological era.
The Living Viral Tattoos (2008) is a series of four tissue samples of human breast tissue donated by an anonymous donor from elective breast reduction surgery. The samples are transfected with a biological virus, Lentivirus, and fixed with immunohistochemical stains to produce the appearance of bruises.
Tissue Culture Point of View (2008) features a video installation that reverses the anthropocentric gaze of the microscope placing the gallery visitor in the role of the cellular tissue specimen.
Cryobook Archives (2010) is a portable library of frozen human-animal viral tissue bound into the form of books. The work reflects on the history of early surgical practices in Europe that sought to extend and preserve the lifespan of human tissue through the practice of anthropodermic bibliopegy, the binding of books made from human cadavers.