Text from human ethics and biosafety application forms submitted to review boards to create the Living Viral Tattoos are recombined with sections of text scores designed for impossible performances to be conducted in the scientific laboratory. These cut-ups were designed in Photoshop, printed on venial and applied to the ceiling and cracks of the gallery walls. Gallery visitors were invited to climb a ladder and get a closer look at the ‘contamination’.From the perspective of the gallery visitor, the text looks like black dots and lines similar to bacterial contamination seen with a microscope.
If the visitor chooses to move towards the ‘contamination’ she experiences another point of view and can read text reflecting on the process and unspoken desires emerging from laboratory research. Cross-contamination occurs on multiple levels this work; between the space of the lab and studio/art gallery, words and bodies of the visitors. This work is the extension of solo performances done in the scientific laboratory without an audience and performance sketches never actualized due to ethical and biosafety constraints.