Pigs Bladder Football sets out a remarkable challenge: to culture the world’s first bio-engineered football, grown from living animal cells.
During 2011 and 2012, I worked in residence at the University of Liverpool’s Clinical Engineering Research Unit collaborating with Professor John Hunt and Theun Van Veen to develop bespoke protocols for harvesting animal tissue from abattoir waste.
Proof of concept bio-engineered footballs, were produced, replicating the same techniques used to create artificial human organs and encouraging consideration of that role life sciences will have in our daily lives both today and in the future. The work references the colliding worlds of human enhancement, the bio-technology industry and the global capitalisation of sport.
Abandon Normal Devices 2012
Funded by: Wellcome Trust
Awarded: London 2012 Olympic Games Inspire Mark.
Partners: University of Liverpool Clinical Engineering Research Unit.
development blog: www.pigsbladderfootball.com/blog
CUBE Gallery, Manchester, UK
Organic Football Boutique
Bold Street, Liverpool UK
“The World’s First Bio-Engineered Football” 2012 exhibition images here