one-channel ultra HD video, 10' , 2013
This artwork began in early 2012, and is a collaboration with Academia Sinica Applied Sciences Laboratories and Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital Remote Minimally Invasive Surgery Laboratory. SH-SY5Y is a human neuroblastoma cell line, and this artwork is based on this particular subject matter. This type of neuroblastoma cell is one of the most dangerous malignancies, and person suffering from it may experience abnormal brain activities, making the patient delirious and unable to decipher reality from illusion. SH-SY5Y cells can form mounds, and can spread to other bodily parts in a rather fast pace.
This artwork is titled "SH-SY5Y", and the SH-SY5Y cells contained in the artwork were derived from a four years old girl’s cancer cells forty years ago; including shipping fee, the cost of the cells totaled to 560 US dollars. Conventionally, cancer cells are regarded as “diseases”; however, these petri dish cultivated cells are also “biological organisms”, and at the cell production and marketing center, they are considered as “products”. The video was shot at a remote minimally invasive surgery laboratory. With this type of surgery, usually two holes the size of a mosquito bite are all that’s required; one hole is to allow the endoscopy to enter, and the other hole is for the surgical scalpel to conduct the operation. The doctor only needs to look at the monitor to carry out the surgical procedure, and this laboratory is dedicated in the research of remote minimally invasive surgeries, which may include such surgeries with doctors operating from the city on soldiers out in the battleground in the Middle East, or perhaps even operating on astronauts in space.
The narration is recorded by the head of the Academia Sinica’s Bio Microfluidic Applications Laboratory, who is also made into an animated character. The images of the cancer cells were captured by the laboratory’s confocal microscopy and are from an actual SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cell line. This portion involves recording of actual cancer cells with a microscopic camera. These are cancer cells cultivated by the Academia Sinica Applied Sciences Laboratories, which live in a petri dish and are used for research purposes. Viewing from a different perspective, these cancer cells are able to live outside of the human body. Conventionally, cancer cells are regarded as “diseases”, but these cells in the petri dish are considered to be “biological organisms”. This video is ten minutes in length and is projected on a large 14 meters wide and 5 meters high projection wall. Additionally, three projectors are used to constitute a large image through conflation techniques.
The light box installation on site includes a petri dish containing the SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cell line, which are genetically modified in vitro cells. The liquid held by the petri dish contains actual SH-SY5Y cancer cells provided by the Academia Sinica's Applied Sciences Laboratories, and each gram contains more than one billion living cancer cells, with the SH-SY5Y cancer cells making a real appearance in the exhibition venue.
旁白是由中研院Bio Microfluidic Applications Laboratory負責人所錄製，並繪製成動畫角色，癌細胞畫面則是透過該實驗室的共鄂焦顯微鏡所拍攝而成，這是真實的SH-SY5Y腦神經瘤癌細胞株，這個部分是透過顯微攝影機拍攝真實癌細胞。是中研院的應用科學實驗室內所培養的癌細胞，這種癌細胞生長於培養皿中，用於研究用途。另一個面向而言，這些癌細胞是可以外於人體而存活的，癌細胞在一般人既定映像中關於的是「疾病」，但這些生長於培養皿的細胞本身其實是一種「生物」。這部影片片長共10分鐘。這件作品投影在14公尺寬5公尺高的巨型投影牆，並以三台投影機透過融接技術構成巨幅影像。