Publications
Embrace the Unknown: Patricia Piccinini and the Aesthetics of Care by Dea Antonson
“Your Place Is My Place.” Rosi Braidotti in conversation with Patricia Piccinini by Rosi Braidotti and Patricia Piccinini
Curious Affection by Peter McKay
Just Because Something Is Bad, Doesn't Mean It Isn't Good by Basak Doga Temur
Speculative Fabulations for Technoculture's Generations by Donna Haraway
The Naturally Artificial World by Laura Fernandez Orgaz and Patricia Piccinini
In Another Life by Patricia Piccinini
Border Patrol by Stella Brennan
We Are Family: Patricia Piccinini at the 50th Biennale of Venice by Linda Michael
Curatorial Essays
Between the Shadow and the Soul by Anna Mustonen
Some thoughts about my practice by Patricia Piccinini
Life Clings Closest by Patricia Piccinini
Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through Love by Victoria Lynn
The Shadows Calling by Patricia Piccinini
Those Who Dream by Night by Patricia Piccinini
Public Lecture - Tokyo Art University by Patricia Piccinini
Patricia Piccinini's Offspring by Peter Hennessey
Fast forward: accelerated evolution by Rachel Kent
Modified Terrain by Mark Feary
Autoerotic by Amanda Rowell
One Night Love by Linda Michael
Atmosphere by Juliana Engberg
Biopshere by Edward Colless
The NESS Project and the Birth of Truck Babies by Hiroo Yamagata
Patricia Piccinini - Early Installations by Peter Hennessey
Plastic Life: Patricia Piccinini & Christopher Langton by Jacqueline Millner
Artist Statement by Patricia Piccinini
The Breathing Room by Victoria Lynn
Articles
One Night Love by Nikos Papastergiadis
Patricia Piccinini: Ethical Aesthetics by Jacqueline Millner
Interview with Patricia Piccinini and Peter Hennessey by Daniel Palmer
Interviews
We are all connected by Una Meistere
Interview for Fine Spind Denmark by Sophie Normann Christensen and Patricia Piccinini
Interview with Pauline Bendsen for Jyllands-Posten (Denmark) Jan 21, 2019 by Pauline Bendsen and Patricia Piccinini
Interview with Alvaro Fierro for JOIA Magazine 49 (Chile) 2018 by Alvaro Fierro and Patricia Piccinini
Interview with The Condition Report by Patricia Piccinini and The Condition report
Patricia Piccinini interviewed by Jane Messenger by Jane Messenger
Artist Statements
We Travel Together 2021
Chromatic Balance 2019
Shoeforms 2019
Sanctuary 2018
Kindred 2018
The Loafers 2018
The Couple 2018
The Field 2018
The Bond duplicate 2016
The Bond 2016
Some thoughts about Embryo 2016
The Rookie 2015
Bootflower 2015
Meditations on the continuum of vitality 2014
Six observations about The Skywhale 2013
The Fitzroy Series 2011
The Lovers 2011
The Welcome Guest 2011
Eulogy 2011
Aloft 2010
The Observer 2010
Balasana 2009
The Gathering 2009
Perhaps the World is Fine Tonight 2009
Bottom Feeder 2009
Not Quite Animal 2008
The Foundling 2008
The Long Awaited 2008
Big Mother 2005
Bodyguard 2004
Sandman 2003
The Leather Landscape 2003
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The Young Family 2002
Still Life With Stem Cells 2002
Swell 2000
Truck Babies 1999
The Breathing Room 1999
The Young Family

by Patricia Piccinini (2002)


I take it for granted that technology will continue to advance. There are people trying to resist technological advancement as a whole, but I am not one of them. On the other hand, I'm not unquestioning of technology. I do not think technology is good or bad, it is just technology. And as technology progresses, we will need to figure out how we are going to use it. Over the years, various technologies, especially medical ones, have really changed our idea of what it means to be human. During this time, ideas about our impact on and responsibilities towards our environment have also evolved. It used to be that we defined 'technology' as that which we can control and 'nature' that which we cannot, but we would like to tame. These definitions do not longer apply. Our attitude changed under the influence of technological progress. Nature has gone from being the uncontrolled wild to being a 'resource' to be exploited.

In terms of the real world, these are some of the key issues that I am trying to question and discuss with my work. I’m not pessimistic about developments in biotechnology. We are living in a great time with a lot of opportunities, but opportunities don't always turn out for the best. I just think we should discuss the full implications of these opportunities.

So if we look at The Young Family we see a mother creature with her babies. Her facial expression is very thoughtful. I imagine this creature to be bred for organ transplants. At the moment we are trying to do such a thing with pigs, so I gave her some pig-like features. That is the purpose humanity has chosen for her. Yet she has children of her own that she nurtures and loves. That is a side-effect beyond our control, as there will always be.

That is what makes the question of breeding animals purely for organ-transfer so difficult to answer. On one hand we need organs to help people in need, on the other hand we are looking at an animal that wants to exist for the sake of itself. I can't help but feel an enormous empathy for this creature. And, to be very honest, if it would save the life of one of my children, I would be will to take one of these organs. I know it is probably not ethically right but sometimes honesty, emotions, empathy and ethics don't always line up.

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