Computational Media and Arts Seminar Series 

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Artists Working with Living Systems

9:30am - 11:00am
Zoom

Here I will introduce the field of biological Arts (AKA Bioart) illustrating it through case studies from my own practice, as part of the Tissue Culture & Art Project, and the projects conducted at SymbioticA Laboratory at the University of Western Australia.

SymbioticA is the first research laboratory of its kind, enabling artists and researchers to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department. With an emphasis on experiential practice, SymbioticA encourages better understanding and articulation of cultural ideas around scientific knowledge and informed critique of the ethical and cultural issues of life manipulation. The Centre offers a new means of artistic inquiry where artists actively use the tools and technologies of science, not just to comment about them but also to explore their possibilities.

Established in 1996 by Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr, the Tissue, Culture & Art Project is a pioneering collaboration that explores the use of living cells as a medium for artistic expression. For over twenty-five years we have developed artworks, curated exhibitions, written essays and created performances, throughout the world, that focus on the impact of biotechnology on society. Our projects have dealt with lab-grown food, tissue cultured clothing, semi-living sculptures and the changing relationship between humans and nonhumans.

Speakers / Performers:
Dr. Ionat Zurr
University of western Australia

Dr Ionat Zurr is an artist and a scholar.

She is the Chair of the Fine Arts Discipline at the School of Design at the University of western Australia (UWA) and SymbioticA’s core-researcher and academic co-ordinator. She was a Visiting Professor at Biofilia – Based for Biological Arts, Aalto University, Finland (2015-2020); Visiting Scholar at The Centre of Arts and Art History at Stanford University (2007) and a Research Fellow at The Tissue Engineering & Organ Fabrication Laboratory, Harvard Medical School (2000-2001).

Zurr is considered pioneer in the field of Biological Arts; she publishes widely and exhibits internationally. Her work was exhibited and collected by museums such as Pompidou Centre in Paris,  MoMA NY, Mori art Museum, NGV, GoMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Ars Electronica, National Art Museum of China and more. her research was covered by The NY Times, Washington Post, Wired, New Scientist, Time, Newsweek, Nature, Science, and  other TV, radio, print and online media.

Zurr ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; her work is often cited as inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials, textiles, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.

Language
English
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Computational Media and Arts
Jake Zhang
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