A dialogue that brings together artist, designer and researcher Emilia Tikka and Mianna Meskus, sociologist of science and technology.
During the evening, Emilia Tikka will be talking about her recent stay at Tokyo Art & Science Research Residency in Japan and discussing her work with Mianna Meskus. Tikka will highlight her research concept of 'Circular genealogies', a mixture of spiritual and biomedical approaches on the life cycle, drawing from the immortal jellyfish, rituals of kajimaya, the Buddhist concept of reincarnation and Biomedical applications of cellular reprogramming. The research on the non-western concepts of the beginning and the end of life included lab visits such as CiRA – the Yamanaka Laboratories in Kyoto, temple visits and research on Okinawan rituals and cultural techniques on the thematic. Out of this research Tikka produces artworks questioning the traditional concepts of evolutionary genealogy aiming to investigate alternative forms of heredity, reproduction and genetic legacy in the era of advancing biotechnologies.