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Artist Reconstructs Van Gogh’s Ear from Living Relative’s DNA

I bet you've all heard that creepy story of a man chopping off his own ear while intoxicated, after drinking a psyc...

Artist Reconstructs Van Gogh’s Ear from Living Relative’s DNA

I bet you've all heard that creepy story of a man chopping off his own ear while intoxicated, after drinking a psychedelic liqueur. Well, that man is Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, and that infamous ear is now being 3D-replicated by German artist Diemut Strebe, to be exhibited at the Centre for Art and Media in Germany.

 

It was, in fact, the artist's brother’s great-great-grandson's DNA which was used in replicating the ear. The DNA cells have been grown in a Boston hospital, and then a 3D printer shaped them into the ear. Right now, Van Gogh's ear is kept in a jar of liquid.  

 

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The Media Museum claims that the ear can hear: “You can talk to the ear. The input sound is processed by a computer using software that converts it to simulate nerve impulses in real time. The speaker remains in soliloquy. The crackling sound that is produced is used to outline absence instead of presence.”

 

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The infamous ear in on display in the CAM in Germany until July the 6th. It will be exhibited in New York next year.

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