Catts and Zurr are artists, researchers and curators, whose work explores the philosophical and ethical considerations of new technological approaches to life, including regenerative biology and synthetic biology.
While tissue engineering and regenerative biology are usually discussed in relation to biomedical research and applications, Catts and Zurr’s extensive experience of using these technologies for non-medical and artistic ends enables them to speculate and culturally scrutinise these applications and their possible future development.
The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the second National Experimental Arts Forum will be held in Perth in October 2015.
Australia Council Director Emerging and Experimental Arts Dr David Sudmalis said the two day event would be held from Monday, 5 October to Tuesday, 6 October at the Perth Cultural Centre. It will be organised by SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, based at the University of Western Australia. “The Australia Council is pleased to support the second National Experimental Arts Forum, which will be led
Artists who continue to introduce the world to the creative intrigue of stem cells, infection, DNA and tissue engineering will present a major exhibition of new and past artworks developed at SymbioticA at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum during the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA2013) from June 8 to August 21.
SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts situated in
the Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology School at UWA has been invited
to Finland to consult and assist in establishing a laboratory inspired
by its work and unique approach. The name of the new laboratory at Aalto
will be published later this year.
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.
Translife: International Triennial of New Media Art 21 July through to the 19 August 2011. Beijing, China.
TransLife brings together 53 artworks by over 80 artists and artist collectives from 23 different countries in Beijing, hosted by the National Art Museum of China. Three works developed at SymbioticA will be on display including Silent Barrage (Neurotica) The Autotroph (Oron Catts) and No Ark Revisited (Tissue Culture & Art Project).
Can the movements of an audience through a mechanical forest help to calm-down cultured nerve cells in a lab thousands of kilometres away? The (not so quiet) Silent Barrage is the work of two Australian artists Phil Gamblen and Guy Ben- Ary. This interactive and aural experience combining art and science has been awarded a prestigious Honorary Mention in Prix Ars Electronica.
Major artworks developed in Australia are to feature in an exhibition investigating questions of life and death. Corpus Extremus (LIFE+), on show at Exit Art in New York, presents work by artists using bio and media- technologies.