Most advocates for expansive stem cell research will cite potential benefits such as curing cancer or regrowing damaged human nerve cells.
Not this guy. I’m holding out for tiny living mouse jackets.
That’s why I was saddened to hear of the demise of the Victimless Leather exhibit at the New York Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibit, created by Australian scientists, comprised an itty-bitty jacket made from embryonic stem cells taken from mice. The jacket was made of living, growing tissue fed by a tube full of nutrients.
Sadly, the tissue grew too fast and was clogging its own incubation system. Show curator Paola Antonelli was then forced to pull the plug on the exhibit, effectively “killing” the living tissue. Then she got all squirrelly about the decision and started going all big picture on everyone’s ass:
“And [the artists] were back in Australia, so I had to make the decision to kill it. And you know what? I felt I could not make that decision. I’ve always been pro-choice and all of a sudden I’m here not sleeping at night about killing a coat…That thing was never alive before it was grown.”
She’s right. And think of all the tiny people who dream of one day owning tiny mouse-leather coats. What is to be done for them now, you jacket-slaying barbarian?
Click the image below to see an artist’s rendition of the jacket.
MoMA exhibit dies five weeks into show [Art Newspaper]