Despite the broad and multilayered notion of tissue and tissue culture, a number of participants in the conference and the exhibition interpreted the term as a synonym of skin, as a text, as fabric. However, all the explorations revealed a much deeper and complicated understanding of the above notion.
Zane Berzina‘s work on skin and textiles is already widely known (see her projects here). For Transbiotics she decided to go beyond the surface of the skin, and its relationship with texture and textiles, by exposing and bringing to visibility hidden and often inadvertently produced electric charges produced by people interacting with materials.
the installation, E-Static Shadows, part of Transbiotics and produced in collaboration with Jackson Tan, revealed exactly that: a monumental cloth structure containing LED, miniature transistors and woven electronic circuits were stimulated by electromagnetic fields produced through the interaction of individuals.