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Blood Wars by Kathy HighKathy High Blood Wars, 2011


Video, Wooden and Plexi Box, Glass Globes


“Blood Wars” is a competition between people’s white blood cells. Playful and compelling, the multilayered piece uses uses actual blood cells to look at the biolog- ical reaction of competing human white blood cells. This project is a competition in an ironic simulated tournament where different individuals’ white blood cells vie for dominance in the petri dish. Designed like a series of World Cup tournament playoffs, the cellular ‘winner’ of each round goes on to fight another participant. Participating in Blood Wars questions traits inherited through blood, and brings a better understanding of the processes of blood cell division, cell staining, immune cells and the functioning of the immune system, time-lapse microscopy and laboratory


protocol. Blood Wars can also function as a mediation tool, used for conflict resolution, to end wars and solve entanglement.


Blood Wars iBlood Wars is a performance and installation art-and-science project researched and developed during a residen- cy at SymbioticA- Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts in the School of Anatomy & Human Biology at The University of West- ern Australia. The project is funded by John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation.


Bio Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist working in the areas of technology, science- and art. She works with animals and living systems, considering the social, political


and ethical dilemmas surrounding the areas of medicine/bio-science, biotechnology and interspecies collaborations. She hosts biology and art workshops and is creating an urban center in North Troy (NATURE Lab) with media organization The Sanctuary for independent media. She has received awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Rocke- feller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. High is Professor of Video and New Media in the Department of Arts, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY – a department specializing in integrated experimental arts practices.


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