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TELLING THE BEES?
A Listening Device for the Body
nano-engineered bio tattoo, edition of 500, 2012


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TELLING THE BEES? Is a collaboration with the nano-engineers at University California San Diego. Together we appropriate a military-funded developing technology: 'Bio Tattoos' are patches of prosthetic skin embedded with sensory receptors, enabling the body to respond with extra-sensory capacities to changes in the external environment.
In this case, the tattoos are impregnated with chemical receptors that have been scientifically engineered to respond to Nasanov, a pheromone released by worker bees to reorient returner foragers back to the colony.