Zone of Inhibition, 2019

Single channel video, 14:13

Zone of Inhibition is a short film developed as a result of performative genetic modification workshops created in collaboration with Dr Ana Topf and Dr Stephanie Carr of the Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle and ASCUS Art and Science, Edinburgh.


The title refers to the space (generally on a petri dish) in which microbial growth is inhibited as a result of antibiotics. The space is a threshold in which microbes encounter humanity’s resistance to them as other. Workshop participants were filmed in a fictional, human-scale zone of inhibition, a space of encounter that is both intensely personal yet also restrictive. In this space of encounter, Mackenzie assumed the role of oracle, to facilitate dialogue between cells and those who have genetically modified them.

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