Faith Wilding on kids in labs

“Labs are perceived as magical and exciting – students think forbidden things go on there. They have no idea. When they get in, the first thing they ask is, ‘Can we make a bomb?’ ”

-Faith Wilding, School of Art Institute of Chicago

Wilding is part of the subRosa Collective, an innovative blend of performance art and education designed to expose people to science and make them think about its consequences. Inspired in part by the work of Judith Butler, their techniques are interventionist, feminist, political and populist, are aimed at children and adults, and deal with issues ranging from organ trafficking and reproductive technology to antibiotic resistance and how to make your own yogurt. As much as possible, they try to expose people to lab techniques, because most haven’t a clue what goes on in them.