The Tissue Culture & Art Project is an Australian collective of scientists/artists that uses tissue growing technologies as a method for artisitic expression. From the manifesto:
These are parts of complex organisms which are sustained alive outside of the body and coerced to grow in predetermined shapes. These evocative objects are a tangible example that brings into question deep rooted perceptions of life and identity, concept of self, and the position of the human in regard to other living beings and the environment.
I’m strangely fascinated by the work “Victimless Leather“. “The Victimless Leather is grown out of immortalised cell lines which cultured and form a living layer of tissue supported by a biodegradable polymer matrix in a form of miniature stich-less coat like shape. The Victimless Leather project concerns with growing living tissue into a leather like material.”