An ear in a nutrient solution


Diemut Strebe. Sugababe

In conjunction with Noam Chomsky’s lecture the work Sugababe by Diemut Strebe was opened on May 30th, 2014 at the ZKM.


The work is a replica of Vincent van Gogh’s left ear produced by means of artificially engendered living tissue. The reconstruction not only has the form of van Gogh‘s ear; it is constituted of living cells which contain natural and artificial information derived from one of van Gogh’s envelopes. The ear’s tissue was produced by means of 3D printers. Visitors can speak to the ear through a microphone. The words change once they pass through the nutrient solution in which the ear is placed and penetrate the artificial nerve tissue. The sound, as perceived by the ear is, in turn, rendered audible through a sound installation.

Sugababe can be seen in the ZKM | Media Museum until July 6, 2014.

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