Theriak - The past in the present
Sarah Craske explored synthetic biology's relationship with its past through the Basel Pharmacy Museum's collections. She was inspired by historic approaches to fighting disease whilst identifying commonalty in overarching philosophical and methodological frameworks across centuries.
Her own synthetic biological artwork, made in collaboration with the BSSE, is directly inspired by the historical cure-all Theriak. At its height, it included 64 ingredients and was claimed to cure all diseases. Work includes a synthetic antimicrobial peptide, drawings and a film installation of a living disease map of cholera which was then fought with a synthetic antimicrobial peptide.