Elaine Whittaker BIOFICTION

Digital photography based on medical & scientific objects and fictional specimens.



We live in a porous world, in porous bodies. The possibility of being breached, infected, and losing body integrity is always present.

BioFiction is a series of digital images based on re-visiting a series of boxes containing medical/scientific objects and fictional specimens. 

Blurring the boundaries between the organic and inorganic, the animate and inanimate, the real and the manufactured, the objects become images of a synthesized fictional biological narrative. Photographically, they ultimately converge as a matrix disease – infection as architecture. 

"Welcome to the real world."
Morpheus, The Matrix (1999)


"I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you are not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern."

"Do you know what it is? A virus". 

"Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure."

Agent Smith, The Matrix (1999)