Couture for the Bio-technological era.


a collaborative project between                                                   Adam Fiannaca & Cynthia Verspaget


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IncuBra is a wearable incubator. It uses the body as a structure; as a site for laboratory.  Taken from the body to the hallowed ground of the scientific establishment and back to the body, the incubator is made ‘domestic’- it is science re-domesticated; irony; mockery.


The scientific incubator is complicated. It is a necessary complication for the site of natural/unnatural which survives well in the scientific.  The scientific incubator imitates the body as the ultimate biological ‘housing’; sterile and nurturing.  IncuBra, however, returns ‘home’.


The corset (the external armature) and the body (the intimate armature) provides the mechanisms of modification and the comfort/’trappings’ of ‘home’.  The breasts are enhanced (or monstorised) through inflatable bladders and through the restrictive compression of the garment in order to provide an area of nurturing warmth.  Warmth enables the cells to survive longer than expected outside of the hallowed institutionalised laboratory equipment- that expensive (and cheap) imitation of bodily nurturing. 


The cells are in my charge.  In my cleavage nook.

Am I parent? Lover? Caretaker? The ultimate biological? Incubator? Monstrous? Para Monstrous?  ...or am I supplement? Helper? Domestic Goddess?


You may enjoy reading this analysis of IncuBra

written by Julie Joy Clarke

Visit the  INCUBRA BLOG  for updates and more information on IncuBra




Our work is a journey, mutating as we explore, interrogate and experience.  Here is where IncuBra began...


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IncuBra aims to be dialogue artifice for issues surrounding the advancement of biotechnology and its relationship to cellular life which is grown outside of the body –in-vitro (in glass), and the explorations of sexuality, “womanhood” and fertility which are in-vivo (in body) experiences, joined through the allegory of fashion.

IncuBra will be executed in the form of a Biotech garment – a bra or bustier “bursting” with technology, biology and cleavage. It can ideally be displayed as historical fashion garment, or can be worn and creatively exposed as a performance based, act.  These acts are suited to be located at gallery openings, dinner events and social events where social hierarchies and social butterflies may, or may not, reside.

The project IncuBra is ideally situated for development in association to discourses surrounding biotech, bioethics, bioart, feminism and wearable portable technologies. 

IncuBra will be an haute couture brassiere, or corset, which will be capable of sustaining a vial of living material within a cleavage nook.  Technological elements include a temperature controlled “bio centre” (through body heat from the cleavage), supported and monitored via fashionable and functional electronic features; beaded embellishments and perhaps even a fashionable well supply of pretty pink Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle Medium with glucose, L-glutamine,  and Penicillin-Streptomycin held together with hand embroidered trimmings.  

The combined living fat cells of Artists Nina Sellars and Stelarc will be “kept” in the vial for their growth and nurturing.  These fat cells are “remnants”  (a biotechnological term) of a liposuction event, which the artists Nina Sellars and Stelarc have undertaken for their own project called “Blender”, in August of 2004, and are gifted to this project for inclusion as the object of un/desire.

Couture and electronic accessories unite with wealth. They are a recognised commodity for middle to upper class socio-economic groups (much like niche market cosmetic surgery).  Couture is also commercially located. It has historically inspired mass marketed department store clothing which verges on the ultimate kitsch seasonal must haves (much the like burgeoning economically accessible cosmetic surgery trade for those with 'disposable income').












Biotechnology is filtering into our lives as a way of controlling, defining and exploring the boundaries of mortality, immortality, human and not human via reproductive technologies, cosmetic enhancements to the scientifically “helpful” cancerous cell lines, which are the epitome of medical immortality. All of these areas are seen as either tools or achievements in biotechnological history. 

As biotechnology becomes a commodity (coining of recent terms such as “bio-economy” and “bio-commerce”) much like fashion it is increasingly becoming available to a particular income bracket and social status group who can afford its benefits both financially and socially.  Unattended Healthcare systems, increasing bio-pandemics “bio-terrorism” and the fear surrounding these areas are all set up to separate socio-economical groups into those who can be helped and those who will be helped – What not to wear and Extreme Makeover

IncuBra is the must have high fashion, biotechnologically conscious or biotech-greedy accessory. It will be able to be realistically worn and “displayed” on body while incubating cellular growth in-vitro (in glass) – in cleavage. 

The project also situates itself confidently in contemporary feminist theory with reference to women in science and women as objects of science.  The maternal instincts of women in laboratories, care taking living things, reproductive perceptions and pre-conceptions of gender, and women as biological objects for the medical gaze will be called into question, challenged, undermined and maybe even authenticated!




IncuBra  project is supported by ArtsWA





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You may enjoy reading this analysis of IncuBra

written by Julie Joy Clarke

Visit  INCUBRA BLOG  for updates and more information on IncuBra


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