Return of the Teratoma

by Lyndsey Walsh, 2018

Teratoma appears in bedroom transom

Clip from Return of the Teratoma

There’s something lurking in the shadows. It knows where you work.

It knows where you live. It’s even gotten inside your house. Don’t close your eyes. Don’t look away. The Teratoma is back! Rising up from the oozing liquid of the Nutrient Medium, the monster mass of cells has been unleashed!

The teratoma, a cancerous mass of mixed tissues, is now grown in the laboratory but has become a creature displaced from its context. Now it haunts the human bodies that it no longer inhabits. Return of the Teratoma is a fictional horror series and exhibition featuring laboratory grown Retinal Organoids made from Human Embryotic Stem Cells and laboratory grown “teeth”. The horror film at the center of the series of works depicts CCTV footage where the “Teratoma” can be spotted haunting and lurking in the background of a macroscopic human world. The exhibition also features a living performance of The Hanging Drop experiment as well as some of the research of Walsh’s exploration of laboratory grown bodies and tissues.

This work was made in collaboration with Dr. Stuart Hodgetts (UWA Spinal Cord Repair Laboratory and Perron Institute), Dr. Carla Mellough (Lion’s Eye Research Institute and Perkins Research Institute, and Mark Depasquale (video producer and editor). This work was made with the support of SymbioticA’s Masters of Biological Arts Curriculum and the University of Western Australia. Featuring original sound design by Braden Bjella.