Artist in Residence at STATE festival & Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine

Emilia Tikka has been chosen as Artist in Residence at Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) out of 40 submissions from over 12 countries. Her artistic concept, the DORIAN-GRAY-KIT – Trajectories of Rejuvenation between Self-Experiments and CRISPR-cas9 is a poetic scenario about a possible future of genome editing technologies and the human obsession of youth. The residency project is concerned with the human desires and dreams driving current biotechnology from institutional laboratories to citizen science tinkerers. The conceptual aim of this speculative scenario is to engage the public with a fundamental antagonism: the constant loop of decay and rebirth as an enigmatic molecular process in all the living beings and the human drive to interfere to these processes with technical means.


Emilia Tikka will spend two months in July and August at MDC’s CRISPR lab to work closely with the researchers. She will draw on her experiences in the laboratory with the CRISPR-Cas9 research team to further develop her artwork engaging with the philosophical and societal dimensions of genetic engineering. 


The biomedical research center partnered up with STATE, a Berlin-based Art and Open Science initiative, collaboratively setting in motion the first European artist residency on CRISPR-Cas9.

Photo credit: Inak Gizem, MDC

Emilia Tikka