Life Generation Machine

2013

Media : wood, volcanic rock, laboratory apparatus, chemical, custom-made electronics

Artist statement :

This work replicates one notorious experiment of little-known scientist Andrew Crosse in 1837. That experiment was once believed to have spontaneously generated insects (called Acarus crossii later) from inorganic matters. If it did, it proved the concept of abiogenesis. Then, all of us are the offspring of the first life, which is just a product of non-living matters. I setup a microscope in my installation. Audiences will witness the birth of impossible life.

The organism Andrew Crosse reported to have spontaneously generate

The laboratory apparatus used by Andrew Crosse