Throughout history, semen has been revered as magical substance: A totem of literal and symbolic gendered potency. In Posse aims to rewrite this cultural narrative; to use art and science to disrupt patriarchy by making semen from “female” cells. In Posse is a collaboration between artist Charlotte Jarvis, Prof Susana Chuva de Sousal Lopes in Leiden and the Kersnikova Institute in Ljubljana. It has been awarded a €1.5 million VICI grant and has been exhibited internationally.

Tags: Bio-Tech, Citizen Science, Cultural Memory, Diversity, Gender, Med-Tech, New Work, Science Communication

Charlotte Jarvis

Royal College of Art

Charlotte works at the intersection of art and science. She has grown her own tumour, recorded music onto DNA and seen her heart beat outside her body. She has had ten international solo shows and over one hundred and fifty group exhibitions. Charlotte has been resident at the European Bioinformatics Institute and the Hubrecht Institute. She has won the Bioart and Design Award, Netherlands, the H20 British Council commission, Argentina and the Alternate Realities Commission, UK. Charlotte is currently a lecturer at The Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths University.

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