Photosynthetic You explores fundamental ethical questions related to the renewed debate on genetics, reaching as far as the hypothesis of being able to exchange our human genes with those of other species using innovative systems such as CRISPR/Cas. What if we can all decide, paradoxically and in an extreme, mass democratic act, to become thin and motionless like leaves, energetically self-sufficient like plants, feeding only on light and solar power? Starting from scientific and artistic suggestions around the topic of “becoming plant-like” and using keywords like photosynthesis, autotrophy and hybridization, Vanessa V proposes an open discussion between science and art. The workshop delves deeper into the ethical questions that emerged from the artist’s installation Photosynthetic You.
Vanessa V (IT) in collaboration with Max Viale (sound designer) and Irma Milanese (PhD student in plant physiology)