While bio-techno-wizardry supplies the reason Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr typically receive acclaim in the contemporary art arena, they might also be celebrated for assuaging humanity's psychological dilemmas. Sources of guilt and insecurity are the ostensible reasons for culturing leather and meat. They also explain a 2006 work entitled "DIY DVK": "Do It Yourself De-victimizer Kit." In each of these instances the artists seek to provide their fellow humans with an easy escape from feelings of shame.
DIY DVK m1 was undertaken to allay the guilt many people feel when they consume parts of dead animals, either by eating them, or using them for clothing, or applying them to some functional purpose. This guilt may also arise when someone causes the accidental death of an animal. This may be the result of a car accident or a lawnmower running over an animal.
Tissue Culture & Art's kit reduces the resulting guilt by maintaining the life of parts of the deceased animals' bodies. These body parts can remain 'alive' until the grieving period is complete and the guilt recedes.
Anyone can participate. Tissue Culture & Art's DIY DVK utilizes off-the-shelf items to construct a basic tissue culture facility. The only other component that is needed is nutrients to keep the cells alive. The artists admit that the inclusion of other animal-derived materials in the nutrients is difficult to avoid, which may, ironically, exacerbate the guilt for sacrificing the life of an animal for human benefit.