GenTerra creates a means for public action in response to corporate control of the practice of genetic engineering. The first part of GenTerra is an installation with information on the current state of transgenics that lets viewers create their own safe, engineered bacteria through the use of a machine. The collective, known as Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) also create testing kits and organic compounds that participants can use to directly resist such transgenic practices as crop modification that damages organic seed stock.
Critical Art Ensemble has presented its original work widely in America and in Europe. Exhibitions include GenTerra (work-in-progress 2001) in France and Canada; Cult of the New Eve (2000) in Austria, France, and Belgium; and Society for Reproductive Anachronisms (1998) at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
2002: GenTerra is shown at the Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomicis exhibition at Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington
2003: Solo exhibition of GenTerra is shown at the Museum of Natural History in London
2004: GenTerra is shown at The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere exhibition at the MassMOCA