1997 Photograms


Ecology, Bio-issues, environments, living systems, speculative creations, multi-species ontologies.

In 1996, as part of a larger study, a team of researchers in Scotland, birthed a lamb in the lab —not from egg and sperm but from DNA taken from an adult sheep's mammary gland. Cloning a mammal defied the scientific dogma of its time and the success of Dolly (the lamb) led to predictions and discussions in the scientific community, the media, and the public-at-large, about the implications in a future in which other mammals, including pets and humans, would be cloned as well. I became interested in the transformative potential of this scientific 'reprogramming', not only the alarming projections behind human cloning, but also the potential of cloning to reinstate endangered species. These concerns prompted my series of photograms that I created in Paris, titled “Moutons” (French for “sheep”).
Moutons / All media and texts © Pat Badani, 1996.