These brass upper-knuckle rings contain beef cells encrypted with a DNA message, heralded by green fluorescent beacons. They translate to the last words of Qui Jin before her execution in 1907, and current Chinese labor law on the rights of injured and poisoned workers during the processes of diagnosis and compensation. These cells cling to powdered quartz crystals, kept safe in a small chamber stoppered for future elution and distribution.
In the animation accompanying the ring, I try to consider what it might be like to be a cell trapped inside a ring: a message with a maker but no owner, meant for a faceless someone, in an unspecified future. This also exists as a 360 video, playing off the radical loneliness of 360 headsets, navigating a world of things you see but cannot touch, being a ghost in a world of stock footage and digital cutouts.
Pink Slime Caesar Shift presents four proposals to alter the DNA of in-vitro hamburgers to carry messages of labor insurrection for Chinese workers. A series of biological samples, live action videos, 3D + 360 animations, paintings, sculptural editions, and performances integrate worker advocacy education texts, scientific equipment sales brochures, government documents, and archival recordings, to move towards a complex understanding of the emotional and gestalt imaginary around labor today.