Congratulations to Guy Ben-Ary Manager of CellCentral who in his other life as an artist received a Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts last week. Ben-Ary has been a collaborator and researcher at SymbioticA for more than 10 years.
Guy Ben-Ary's work has been shown across the globe at prestigious venues and festivals from the Beijing National Art Museum to San Paulo Biennale to the Moscow Biennale. His work can also be seen in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2009, his work Silent Barrage was awarded an Honorary Mention in Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) and also won first prize at VIDA, a significant international competition for Art and Artificial Life.
Ben-Ary's Fellowship program will be dedicated towards research and development into biological and robotic arts, using tissue engineering and stem cell research to create a truly 21st Century self-portrait, one taking the well used visual arts narrative of self portraiture into the 25th Century. This is a complex project requiring a long period of creative development and involving collaborations with many partners across the arts and science disciplines.