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.