We have here the creation of a new specialty food item. I have displayed
two new and exotic caviar/sushi delicacies. Through the application
of mustard and cheese flavoured microinjections into food-grade fish
eggs, more novelty excess than ever before is now available for the
discerning palette. Unfortunately, the microinjector which I creatively
misused for the egg injection was not zoned for food preparation. It
was a biohazardous laboratory instrument with a containment level of
two. This means that my new food eggs are not a food at all. They have
been altered by their contact with the lab. As food passes through the
doorway into a lab that follows proper containment procedures, it is
transmuted into a biological sample for research purposes only. So,
I have created a new and ceremonially impure specialty food item. This
should be even more attractive for the real connoseur.
I describe my exhibition of microinjection arts, predominantly, as a
display of the erotism of Gourmet Food Science. Gourmet food preparation
is not that different from scientific method. Consider the creativity
inherent in the odd prehistoric cooks who brought us pickling or cheese
production technologies. Both include unusual practices that involve
specialized, diverse, eclectic, ritualistic and even sub-cultural acts.
They both start with the protocol or recipe and evolve during constant
experimental elaboration. Each has its aesthetic preparation of items
to be mixed together to create something larger than its parts. They
even share the deep and sensual analysis of results, although through
may wonder how microinjection is used outside of the gourmet food science
context? These gadgets are used to introduce all sorts of concoctions
into the nucleii of single cells. In fact, this is one of the more popular
techniques for the production of transgenic animals. The machine I used
is usually reserved for molecular tagging of particular Drossophila
(fly) neurons at a very early embryonic stage. These embryos are microinjected
with infectious plasmids or just naked DNA in order to alter the metabolic
fate of the entire organism (and its kin.) Other uses for microinjectors
include: nuclear transfer for cloning purposes and second molar body
removal for the prenatal screening of human embryos after In Vitro Fertilisation
and before implantation.
My relation to microinjection as an artist, amateur embryologist and
cook is essentially masterbatory. When I look through a microscope,
everything I see is erotic and taboo. It excites me. All the luscious
cells are there for my hedonistic joy. I am a hot, wet, sweaty exploratory
investigator. The distance of voyeurism gives me overhead control.
I am a domineering spectator. The hardcore zoom and focus of the viewing
instrument spreads open the explicitness of life. Stereoscopic optics
leave me hungry for more.
is no wonder that for myself and for many active participants in the
lifeworld, it is not enough to just look. A curious researcher may
feel the need to caress/molest the object of desire. This is the micromanipulators
drug. Seen in this openly megalomaniacal and sexualized context, microinjection
is an almost a predictable advancement in a programatic technology
of lust. (As are many of our more ornate cooking technologies.) This
$100,000.00 machine is an apparatus for experimental ejaculation into
I am of the opinion that the metaphor of ejaculation is not a metaphor
at all. Particularly when the microinjection machinery is used for the
integration of novel genes into the hereditary cascade of a research
organism. In biology, the definition of sex has been defined as the
transfer of DNA from one or more organisms to their progeny. Within
this definition, human injection of transgenes is sex. This means that
the process of insertational mutagenesis implies, not just ejaculation,
but a type of parentage. What is engineered is also partly your child.
In the case of transgenes microinjected into viable embryos, I think
its fair to impart paternity to either gender upon engaging the instrument.
In its obvious phallic mimicry, the practice of microinjection as a
way to stably insert new sequences into model organisms, makes all female
and male practitioners the sexually active co-fathers of these organisms.
If it is not quite obvious by now, I fetishize the taboo act of experimental
Micro-Erotic Paternalistic Embryonic Ejaculation for food production,
hereditary alteration or artistic process. Because of my sexual transparency,
my non-utilitarian approach and my insistence on gourmet niche-market
driven aesthetics, I believe I offer a novel vision of how perverse
pure Research and Development is while being a proponent of it.