Life and death of a biotech chimera: Semina Aeternitatis

Pevere, M. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation


The bioart piece Semina Aeternitatis (2015-2019) looks at how life and death of a biotech chimera unveils possible queer readings of materiality of death and transience. The piece assembles in a non/living entity the possibility of storing digital data on DNA, performativity and leakiness of organic and biotech matter, and the evanescence of individual memory. The paper draws from a feminist reading of the ecology of artistic practice in biological
laboratories and takes into account materials and subjects – human and a-human - involved in the project to scrutinize how the complex surrounding the piece may provide insights on how bodies are not only inherently leaky and monstrous. Rather, it looks at how they are inscribed within an ecological framework: by so doing, the discussion points at how bodies are not “only” social constructs, but can be understood further as ecological constructs. Furthermore, it attempts to extend such reading for a critical understanding of human-nature entanglements in times of surging environmental fracture.
Period4 Nov 2019
Event titleInternational Queer Death Studies Conference: Death Matters, Queer(ing) Mourning, Attuning to Transitionings
Event typeConference
Conference number1
LocationKarlstadt, Sweden
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • death
  • Feminism
  • queer theory
  • artistic research
  • environmental humanities