Ergo Sum

The creation of a second self using stem cell technology

In the project Ergo Sum I donated parts of my body to stem cell research. The donated specimens were taken to the lab in Leiden where they were transformed – medically metamorphosed – into induced pluripotent stem cells and from there into a range of completely different substances. A second self has been created, a self-portrait, a synecdoche, made from a collage of synthesized body parts. Brain, heart and blood all biologically ‘Charlotte’ yet distinctly alien to me.

Collaboration with Prof. Dr. Christine Mummery, Dr. Christian M.A.H. Freund and Dr. Harold Mikkers