Performing Diagnostics

Performing Diagnostics
2009
Performing Diagnostics, invites gallery visitors to collectively perform the testing for the presence of HIV via protocols performed through the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The “testing” is performed with garbage collected from recycling bins, the antithesis of sterile technique practiced in laboratory environments.

The performance features a collective action where visitors are invited to dispose of the waste (and ultimately the installation). The gallery becomes a place for creating and processing biological waste and pathogens created by its human-animal visitors.