Bacteria are all around us - they are a single cell organism, with no nucleus. The DNA of a bacteria is contained in it's cytoplasm and they reproduce asexually - quickly replicating and forming colonies.
Today we worked, as artists, with this lifeform - collecting it, incubating it and facilitating it's growth. Tomorrow we will destroy it.
Oron Catts, an artist, posed the question:
Is there something intrinsically different about working with life? (As opposed to any other matter on planet earth.)
In the context of The Meat Licence Proposal I would like to add:
Is there something intrinsically important about death, and the act of killing? And, is the killing of a thousands of bacteria the same as the killing of thousands of cattle?