The Wasted Works is now open
15 October 2012
Stem cells in discarded body parts, such as bones from joint replacements, milk teeth and fat from liposuction can be used to regenerate tissues to repair the body. The Wasted Works, which opens this weekend at MOSI, is a collection of artworks from artist Gina Czarnecki that explores the life-giving potential of ‘discarded’ body parts, as well as their relationship to myths, history, stem cell research and notions of what constitutes informed consent.
The Works is open now until the 27 January 2013. During Manchester Science Festival there are a series of accompanying events.
Artist in Residence
Gina will be in residence at MOSI, continuing to create a ‘Palace’ made from real milk teeth on Tuesday 30 October and Sunday 4 November (11.30am - 1.30pm).
Tours of the Works
Gina will also be leading tours of the exhibition, for adults and families, including audio-described tours for people with a visual impairment. These tours give you the chance to get up close to the Works and get insights about the collection from the artist.
The Wasted Conversation
You can also join Gina and stem cell scientist Sara Rankin at The Wasted Conversation on Tuesday 30 October. Chaired by Andy Miah, this lively conversation will ask questions such as:
- Should people be allowed to donate parts of their body to an artist?
- Is it right for galleries to exhibit artwork made of real human bones, teeth or fat?
- Does the use of human tissue in art serve any purpose, or is this just sensationalism?
Donate your milk teeth!
If you would like to donate your teeth to the Palace and see them in the sculpture, you can donate them at the exhibition in MOSI's 1830 warehouse or head to the Palaces website for more information.
The Wasted Works is part of our Art Meets Science programme.