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Blood Wars by Kathy HighKathy High Blood Wars, 2011

Video, Wooden and Plexi Box, Glass Globes

Kathy High’s Blood Wars is s a competition between people’s white blood cells. Playful and compelling, Blood Wars uses actual cells that looks at the biological reaction of competing human white blood cells. This project is a competition in an ironic simulat- ed 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 ‘win- ner’ 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 stain- ing, 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 andethical dilemmas surrounding the areas of medicine/bio-science, biotechnology andinterspecies collaborations. She has received awards including fellowships from the GuggenheimMemorial Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, National Endow- ment for the Artsand New York State

Council on the Arts – and has had artist res- idencies with the Finnish Societyof Bioart as part of the Field Notes/Deep Time/Journey to the Post-Anthropognic at thenorthern Kilpsjarvi Biological Research Station, with SymbioticA at the University ofWestern Australia, and in Hong Kong with the Asian Arts Council. Her work has been shown at Documenta 13, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, among others.

Her co-edited book The Emergence of Vid- eo Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued (with Sherry Miller Hocking, and Mona Jimenez) on the history of video imaging tools was recently published by Intellect Books (UK) 2014. 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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