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Euphrates Rising


3-16 Oz. Hudson River Water Samples in Glass Jars, 6-24x24" Digital Print of Sample Cultured On Nutrient Agar Plates.


Religious and societal imprints are Cziraki’s main interest in creating works. Both have shaped our modern psyche and the natural world, transforming them, evolving them, and sometimes destroying them. His goal is to use the power of expression to create new associations between society, religion, and nature. Mesopotamia is labeled as one of the cradles of civilization. The evolutions of humanity and civilization have left their imprint on the environments surrounding them. Euphrates Rising is a work constructed using water samples from the Hudson River located near Manhattan. The water was processed in order to isolate and culture bacteria present within the said sample on nutrient agar plates. Various antibiotics were administered to growing cultures, such that natural resistance could be inferred. Much debate has been issued concerning the relationship between GMO’s and the rise of Antibiotic resistance bacteria in nature. AR genes are used in GMO’s as markers to confirm that transformation has taken place. Scientific research has determined that it might be possible for AR genes to be transferred from GMO’s into bacteria under the most ideal conditions, while it's unlikely it is still possible. Does this outweigh the benefits of creating and using GMO’s? This is an issue that we should continue to explore, through research in order to determine whether or not this is an area of concern.

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