Semina Aeternitatis takes a hybrid approach on immortality, by entwining human memories with bacterial inheritance.
Can a non-human organism carry and pass on the nostalgic memory of a human being? What does it mean to inscribe a memory story, by means of biotechnological processes, in the DNA of a non-human being? Could the resulting hybrid creatures improve our understanding of the complex relationship between humans and other organisms?
The Latin title Semina Aeternitatis means "Seed of Eternity”; however, are we humans destined for eternity?
Semina Aeternitatis is neither a criticism nor an affirmation of biotechnology. The project faces a critical examination of the complexity of today's phenomena and increasing ecological tensions.
Margherita Pevere – concept, research, artistic direction, laboratory procedures, installation
Mirela Alistar – Algorithmic development, research, laboratory procedures
IEGT Institute of Experimental Gene Therapy and Cancer Research – Scientific partner
Produced by the Rostock University for Experiment: Zukunft with the financial support of Centogene
I thank deeply to everyone that has helped us throughout the journey:
Lotte, Marika Hellmann, Marzia Paladin, Marco Donnarumma, Andreas Stürmer, Ido Pevere, Kira O’Reilly, Prof. Helena Sederholm, Günther Seyfried, Nora Vaage, Hege Tapio, Fara Peluso, Robertina Šebjanič
Prof. Brigitte Pützer, Dr. Ottmar Herchenröder, Dr. Alf Spitschak, Dr. Styliani Logotheti, Dr. Toni Schumacher, Anja Stoll, Ingrid Winkler, Christin Richter, Stefan Marquardt, Prabir Dhar, José Dinis da Silva Faustino