In order to respond to recent developments in the biological sciences, Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) has
created a faux cult in collaboration with Faith Wilding and Paul Vanouse - The Cult of the New Eve
(CoNE). CoNE corresponds to the Human Genome Project as the attempt to decode the human DNA.
The Human Genome Project is based on the DNA of a single woman. For the Cult, she is the New
Currently, scientists involved in new biological developments are pitching their work in very theological
terms like "new universalism" or "discovery of immortality". With CoNE, CAE relays these promises
back to the public through the filter of an obscure cult. Combining a website, electronic information
systems and performance techniques of street theater, CAE extols the utopian promises of
biotechnology and provokes engagement in critical discussions on biotechnology.
While presenting their website, CoNE members will be asking the audience to join them in act of
molecular cannibalism. To do this, CAE has made bread and beer using recombinant yeast supplied
to us by the Human Genome Project.
When participants eat the bread or drink the beer, they will be consuming the human genome Eve's
genome in particular. After participating in this project, our hope is that when audience members hear
the same cult rhetoric from individuals in the scientific community, they will listen from a more skeptical
point of view.