Saliva Bar documentation
Saliva Retreat documentation


We’ve now been trained to regularly swab, spit, and give up ownership of our bodily substances to corporations and government run centers. These fluids hold the data of our DNA, personal information, and identity. Can I as an individual human become your saliva deposit center instead? Can we take saliva exchange back into our own hands?

You are invited to exchange a sample of your saliva with one of my own. A Terms Of Exchange outlines my intention to protect the privacy of your identity and biodata. You are free to do as you like with my own saliva. The growing collection of saliva is an archive of a moment when our boundaries of our bodies and DNA is shifting.

A project by Lauren Lee McCarthy. Design by Lauren Leung Cramer. Photos by Carla Schleiffer.