Laura Cinti

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Laura Cinti is an artist working with biology.

She is the co-founder and co-director of C-LAB,[1] a developing art/science studio lab with Howard Boland who is the co-founder and artistic director of C-LAB and an artist working with Synthetic Biology.

Laura Cinti has a PhD from UCL Slade School of Fine Art in interdisciplinary capacity with UCL University College London Centre of Biomedical Imaging, an MA in Interactive Media: Critical Theory & Practice (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London and BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class) from University of Hertfordshire.[2]


  • Martian Rose is an installation which carries the romantic and destructive idea of giving a rose to Mars. Using a planetary simulation chamber the exhibited rose has been exposed to Martian Environment for 6 hours. Mars is a cold place with plummeting temperatures from −60 °C down to −130 °C, the atmospheric pressure is only a hundredths of earth's, much lower than on Mount Everest, the prevalent gas is carbon dioxide and UV light penetrates an unshielded atmosphere. The experiment took place on 27 March 2007 at the Mars Simulation Laboratory (University of Aarhus, Denmark) where two (miniature) red roses were subjected to proxy Martian parameters.[3]
  • The Cactus Project is transgenic artwork involving the fusion of human genetic material into the cactus genome resulting in the cactus expressing human hair.[4]

External links[edit]

  • Official site of C-Lab [1]
  • Laura Cinti explaining "The Martian Rose" in Less Remote Symposium [5]
  • Exposing Roses to Martian Atmosphere, Art + Science Experiment 2007 [6]

Further reading[edit]

  • Laura Cinti&Howard Boland, TheMartian Rose (2007): Exposing a rose to Martian environment on Mutamorphosis, 22.02.2009 [7]
  • Art Outsiders, catalogue, 2009 [8]
  • Leonardo, Volume 42, Number 2, April 2009, The Martian Rose, Howard Boland&Laura Cinti [9]
  • The Martian Rose (2007): Exposing a rose to the Martian Environment, information on Multi, Volume 2 Number 1 (Winter 2008) Page 52 [10]
  • Transgenic, hair-growing plants on [11]


  • Brent Waters, This Mortal Flesh: Incarnation and Bioethics, Brazos Press, 2009, 205 pages, English, ISBN 1-58743-251-X, ISBN 978-1-58743-251-4
  • Brent Waters, From Human to Posthuman: Christian Theology And Technology in a Postmodern World , Ashgate Pub Co, 2006, 166 pages,English, ISBN 0-7546-3914-2, ISBN 978-0-7546-3915-2
  • Elaine A. King and Gail Levin, Ethics And the Visual Arts, Allworth Press, 2006, 288 pages, English, ISBN 1-58115-458-5, ISBN 978-1-58115-458-0


  1. ^ a b "Synthetic Biology Speed Debate". c-lab. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  2. ^ "c-lab". c-lab. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  3. ^ "The Martian Rose". c-lab. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  6. ^ "c-lab – Exposing Roses to Martian Atmosphere, Art + Science Experiment 2007". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  7. ^ "THE MARTIAN ROSE (2007): EXPOSING A ROSE TO MARTIAN ENVIRONMENT « MutaMorphosis: Challenging Arts and Sciences". 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  8. ^ "Festival Art Outsiders 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  9. ^ "Project MUSE – The Martian Rose". Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  10. ^ "The Martian Rose | Cinti | Multi: The Journal of Plurality and Diversity in Design". 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  11. ^ "Transgenic, hair-growing plants". Retrieved 2012-08-25.