BCL (Georg Tremmel en Shiho Fukuhara)
Georg Tremmel (1977) is an Austrian artist who currently lives in Japan, working in a DNA analysis laboratory at the Institute for Medical Science at the University of Tokyo. Tremmel and the Japanese artist Shiho Fukuhara (1976) together form the art duo BCL. BCL explores the relationships between biological and cultural codes by means of artistic interventions and social research. They have created various works revolving around art and modification, including ‘Biopresence’: a proposal to insert the DNA of recently deceased loved ones into trees to turn them into physical memorials.
BCL’s work ‘Common Flowers, Flower Commons’ will be exhibited in the exhibition Alter Nature: We Can (21.11.2010-13.03.2011). This piece displays a bunch of blue carnations surrounded by seedbeds, in which pieces of the bouquet are cultivated as nutrients. The carnation used here was the first ever genetically modified flower to become available on the consumer market. This work raises questions such as ‘Can one own nature?’ and ‘What would happen if DIY enthusiasts started designing such flowers?’