Lindsay Kelley is an artist, educator and collaborating researcher on the Stomach Ache project, whose interdisciplinary work explores how the experience of eating changes when technologies are being eaten. Dysphagiac is a sculpture, a research initiative, and a portable workshop centered around a countertop appliance designed with laminar flow cabinetry principles. In performance, the stomach appliance draws on tissue culture laboratory protocols to conceptualize the kitchen and the stomach as spaces of sterility, infection, fecundity, and medical intervention. Taking the gastric feeding tube as a fertile site for investigating ecologies of gut bacteria and corporeal morphism, Dysphagiac shows how multispecies symbiosis and domestic technoscience co-produce digestive tracts.
Dysphagiac has been exhibited in Toronto, Sydney, Perth and will also be on display at the Big Anxiety Naarm in October 2022, as part of the Stomach Ache project’s participation in the Big Anxiety Festival Forum.