Multiwell reaction plates with antigen
Elisa simulation kit
Reusable plastic bottle containers
Reusable glass jars
Recycled garbage found in downtown Montreal
Performance score for imaginary antibodies:
1.Well A1: Add 10 drops of serum 1 +10 drops PBS buffer
2.Well B1: Add 5 drops of serum 1 + 15 drops PBS buffer
3. Well C1: Add 1 drop of serum 1 + 19 drops PBS buffer
4. Well A2: Add 10 drops of serum 2 + 10 drops PBS buffer
1. Well B2: Add 5 drops of serum 2 + 15 drops PBS buffer
2. Well C2: Add 1 drop of serum 2 + 19 drops of PBS Buffer
3. Well A3: Add 10 drops of serum 3 + 10 drops PBS buffer
4. Well B3: Add 5 drops serum 3 + 15 drops PBS buffer
5. Well C3: Add 1 drop of serum 3 + 19 drops PBS Buffer
6. Well A4: Add 20 drops PBS buffer
7. Well B4: Add 20 drops PBS buffer
8. Well C4: Add 20 drops PBS buffer
9. Well A5: Add 10 drops MRSA control + 10 drops PBS buffer
10. Well B5: Add 5 drops MRSA control + 15 drops PBS buffer
11. Well C5: Add 1 drop MRSA control +19 drops PBS buffer
12. Let stand 1 minute
13. Remove fluid from wells A1,B1 and C1.
14. Remove fluid from wells A2, B2 and C2.
15. Remove fluid from wells A3, B3, and C3
16. Remove fluid from wells A4, B4, and C4
17. Remove fluid from wells A5, B5, and C5
18. Add 10 drops of anti-human antibody to A1-A5, B1-B5, and C1-C5
19. Repeat steps 17-21.
20. Add 2 drops of colourmetric enzyme solution to A1-A5, B1-B5 and C1-C5
21. Look for change in colour.
22. Repeat 17-21.
23. Gather all materials not used with the liquid and place in biodegradable recycling bags until no object of the installation remains.
24. Walk out of gallery to recycling bins across street and dispose of materials.
The latest version of Performing Diagnostics is a one day performance installation that will take place on Sunday February 1st at Articule in Montreal. Press information with details for time and place will be release next week.
Take a dash of donkey antibody. Mix with monkey secondary antibody. Add antigen taken from a genetically modified lab mouse. Stir gently with a plastic spoon found in the garbage dump. Take needle tips unearthed from landfill located near the incineration waste facility and carefully dissolve them in a beaker of bleach. Put both mixtures in a petri dish made from egg shells to see the enzyme reaction to determine a diagnosis. Is it positive or negative?
This performance installation re-imagines biotech protocols for diagnostic testing in relation to waste. Here, high-tech bio-surveillance lab equipment meets low-tech DIY recycling and craft; glossy sterile lab materials meet contaminated garbage. In Performing Diagnostics the art gallery is amplified as a vector for processing biological waste and pathogens created by its human-animal visitors.
Gallery visitors are invited to perform the protocols for ELISA (Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay) – a scientific protocol with medical applications to test for the presence of HIV and breast cancer – with garbage collected from recycling bins in Montreal. The re-use of garbage in biomedical and biotech practices proposes a DIY ethos, where anyone could potentially create an HIV testing kit from found objects, and complicates the segregation of purity from waste in the methodology of testing for ‘diseases’. Visitors are further invited to collectively perform the sterilization and waste disposal of all materials generated during the performance. Ultimately, the contamination of viral, bacterial, cellular, molecular, environmental bodies is contemplated as a potentially productive relation, albeit, entirely unscientific!
A newer version of the performance first done at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (April 2008) will be shown at Subversiv Messe in Linz, Austria during Mid-May 2009. See below for details.