SAVE YOUR OWN SKIN
THOUGHT EXHIBITION & PERFORMANCE
In times of heightened security and infringed civil liberties … What do we gain with military innovations?
What ethical issues and dilemmas arise if they become cultural standards?
The installation displays the history of prominent examples of assimilated military technology, such as canned food, computers, methamphetamine, the internet, GPS, mass produced spider silk, and artificial skin. Canned food, for example, was invented for the Napoleonic Wars (1799 - 1815). Today processed food poses the ethical dilemma that it both saves lives of people in need and contributes to obesity and the worldwide epidemic of diabetes.
Assimilated military technologies often have long term consequences that are hard to predict when they first come upon the scene. What are the possible consequences of current military technologies?
DATES & TIMES
Tanja London & Carloss Chamberlin
Monday March 27th, 12-3:30pm
Tuesday March 28th, 6-9pm
Wednesday March 29th, 10am-1pm & 5-8pm
Thursday March 30th, 10am-1pm
Saturday April 1st, 2-5pm
Ticket price DOES NOT include performance!
The piece is driven by questions arising from the prototype of a “bulletproof skin.”
In 2011, this artificial skin was invented by Dutch bio-artist Jalila Essaïdi in response to the U.S. military’s endeavor to invent bulletproof vests made of mass-produced spider silk. Essaïdi used spider silk from Utah State University’s transgenic goats to manufacture a bio-scaffold for human skin cells to grow into. A slowed down bullet was repelled by four layers of this spider silk skin. Usually, bulletproof vests are made of 36 layers of Kevlar. Although Jalila Essaïdi wanted to inspire a dialogue about the relativity of safety with her project ‘2.6g 329m/s’, it mostly was received as progress in military technology.
When does the need for security go from inspiring protection-technologies to a way of life that adversely forms our culture and impacts our sensory system and way of being?
Jason Rabb & Nick Foster
LIGHT & PROJECTIONS
March 24, 25, 31 & April 1
doors open at 7pm
$10 students / $15 general
20 per night
limited chair seating - please come early
Ticket price DOES include the exhibition!
THOUGHT EXHIBITION & PERFORMANCES
will take place at
most nothern Annex Storefront at the Salt Lake City Main Library Plaza
210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT
& private donors