A project by caraballo-farman
Ruins (Carcinomas) - 2011 - Installation at Eyebeam Window Gallery
Depicting fallen urban landscapes over-run with tumors, these sculptures highlight breast cancer’s links to carcinogens in our everyday environment. The grey ‘support material’ used by 3D printers to build up a form is generally meant to be removed. But we used Eyebeam’s 3D printer in such a way as to maximize the architectural form of the printer’s support structures and then hacked at the structures to partially reveal the white tumor embedded.
Casting a tumor sculpture at the Modern Art Foundry, Queens, NY
Investment at the Modern Art Foundry, Queens, NY
This year was definitely the year of Pink Fatigue. From the activist organizations and academics that had been working on this issue for years, it finally seeped into major mainstream media. Some examples:
The Chances of This Happening
The Chances of This HappeningPerformance on opening night of Extractions show at Ramis Barquet. (Video credit: Paula de la Cruz)
A pair of 14-year-old identical twin girls positioned themselves in different parts of the gallery. They were not seen together until the last phase of the performance. In a show about mortality, they embodied double the life - whilst also echoing the themes of replication that traverse the rest of the exhibition.
Each twin took turns sitting at a table in the middle of the main room tracing out a stencil that revealed the words ‘Life’, ‘Time’, ‘Risk’. Though these terms resonate strongly for cancer survivors, they are medically applied to everyone in order to assess the probability of any given person developing a disease: it is said,‘Your Lifetime Risk of developing disease X by age Y is Z%’. But taken on their own, each of the terms reflects important themes in every one’s life, cancer survivors as well as ‘non-cancer survivors’. Being alive (life) also means being subject to the passage of time and facing a wide range of risks, genetic as well as social.
An hour glass on the table kept time, but never ran out as each twin turned it around before the sand poured out. The sheets with ‘Life Time Risk’ imprints were handed out to the audience. Additionally, the twins, who are enrolled in high school Latin, only spoke in Latin, uttering, intoning or responding with phrases such as “Time flies”, “Time is slow” and “Latin is a dead language”. This dead language took the idea of life-cycles beyond individual humans onto the civilizational stage.
Identical Twin Performers: Francesca and Gaela LaPasta
Carcinodaimon Potamochoerus Porcus
These carcinodaemons fuse three different imaging techniques. A shaman manages to see figures that are said to inhabit you using a technique called ‘extraction’, in which the shaman identifies malignant figures and casts them out. An MRI images the breast cancer tumor, identifying its size and location, before the surgeon extracts it. When taken into 3D software, the MRI image of biological matter is translated into an abstract algorithm-based wire mesh form. Here the wire-mesh forms of breast cancer tumors were transformed into the figures seen by the shaman during extractions.