The Absence of Alice consists of a series of six evolving exhibitions developed in a creative partnership with the Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) from 2008 – 2011. An artist book with comprehensive documentation of key works is available for download.
The Human Skin Equivalent/Experience (HSE) Project was developed in partnership with the Tissue Repair and Regeneration (TRR) Program at IHBI from 2010 – 2013. The project involved the development of personal jewellery items incorporating 3D Human Skin Equivalent (HSE) models created using skin graft scaffolds from the artist and skin cells from project participants. An artist book documenting the project is available for download.
Visceral: The Living Art Experiment was a SymbioticA Exhibition held at the Science Gallery in Dublin from 28 January – 25 February 2011. The exhibition explored questions about scientific truth, what constitutes life and the ethical and artistic implications of new and emerging biotechnologies. The exhibition included 15 artworks from ten years of SymbioticA’s residency programme.
semipermeable (+) was curated by Oron Catts and exhibited at the Sydney Powerhouse Museum from 8 June – 21 August 2013. The exhibition looked at “the membrane as a site, metaphor and platform for a series of artistic interventions and projects, some commissioned specifically for the show and others selected from the many projects developed at SymbioticA since 2000″ (see: SymbioticA).
Experimenta RECHARGE is a national touring exhibition presented by Experimenta, Australia’s leading media arts organisation. The exhibition presents interactive and multidisciplinary works by national and international artists who use and experiment with media and technology.
The second instance of The Absence of Alice, subtitled Alice Ants and the Armyworm, was exhibited at the QUT Art Museum from April 2008. The exhibition included a series of mixed media, photomedia, bioart and video works exploring inter-species connections and notions of creative evolution.
The Absence of Alice #3, Lines of Flight and Self-Assemblage was exhibited at the QUT Visual Art Gallery in 2009. The exhibition included mixed media and bioart works exploring notions of duration and the unseen victims of human consumption.
The fourth instance of The Absence of Alice was exhibited at the Queensland Academy of Creative Industries in Kelvin Grove in 2010. The exhibition included sculptural and video works reflecting on evolution and cycles of life and death.
The fifth instance of The Absence of Alice was exhibited at Metro Arts in 2010. The exhibition included an interactive installation commenting on the isolation and culture of primary cells from two fetal calves – Kira and Rama.
The Absence of Alice #6 was exhibited at QUT’s The Block Gallery in 2011. The exhibition focused on the complex relationships between humans and other organisms in the context of scientific research and everyday practices of engagement and consumption.