On december 2010 the first Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award was presented for a bullet proof skin, an ecological bioreactor and an opera performed by mutated worms.
Jalila Essaidi and the Forensic Genomics Consortium Netherlands wins the award with their project 2.6g 329m/s will make a bullet proof skin by providing transgenic human skin with cast-iron spiders’ web.
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2.6g 329m/s are the maximum weight and velocity of a .22 calibre Long Rifle bullet from which a Type 1 bulletproof vest should protect you.
Spidersilk thread is relatively much stronger than steel and can even be made by a living being. Woven it would be capable to resist the impact of a bullet, much like a bee on the spider’s web. If human skin would be able to produce this thread, would we be protected from bullets? Together with the Forensic Genomics Consortium Netherlands Jalila Essaidi take the acid test: by implanting transgenic spider silk in the human skin and letting a bullet do its work.
Video: 2.6g 329 m/s aka the bulletproof skin
Jalila Essaidi's artwork is about the recognition of the transience of matter and a human desire to keep and hold. In her work, she embed this desperate race against time by using living or organic matter, capable of decay or the product of decay.
By embracing new materials and/or knowledge resulting from biotechnology, she offer a view on the social, political, ethical and cultural issues resulting from this relatively new ability of humans to understand and manipulate the mechanism behind nature’s genius.