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Synthetic Miracles

Royal College of Art, 2009


Could a synthetic miracle encourage us to trust that which we do not understand?


Fifty years hence we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing by growing these parts separately.”
Winston Churchill, 1936

Whilst recent advances in technology mean that Churchill’s vision is nearing reality, public acceptance of genetically modified and lab-grown produce has a long way to go.

In an attempt to assuage our fear of technological advancement, might blind faith, rather than empirical truth, be exploited to sell us the food of the future?

Cultivated in this specially shaped Petri dish, the in-vitro meat takes the recognisable form of a steak, complete with lines of fat to achieve the desired marbling effect. However, hidden in the lines of the fat is the image of an angel. A message of reassurance for a covetous society.
 
 
© Thomas Greenall