Stanford University plays host to SymbioticA’s co-founder and Artistic Director Oron Catts, and Academic Co-ordinator Ionat Zurr, for four weeks, in an exciting, ground-breaking, and innovative exchange between Stanford University and The University of Western Australia.
Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognised as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Stanford boasts 16 Nobel laureates, 4 Pulitzer Prize winners and 24 MacArthur Fellows. The University is particularly noted for its openness to interdisciplinary research, not only within its schools and departments, but also in its laboratories, institutes and research centres.
SymbioticA is an artistic laboratory within the School of Anatomy and Human Biology at The University of Western Australia. It was established to provide a situation where interdisciplinary research and other knowledge and concept generating activities can take place. This residency is particularly exciting as it is a beginning of an ongoing exchange of researchers and students between the two institutes.
SymbioticA is dedicated to the research, learning and critique of life sciences. It is the first research laboratory of its kind, in that it enables artists to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department. SymbioticA hosts residents, runs workshops, produces exhibitions and organises symposiums as part of the core activities. As a mark of international recognition of its activities SymbioticA was awarded the inaugural Golden Nica for Hybrid Arts in the Prix Ars Electronica.
This stimulating opportunity sees Catts and Zurr, collaborators in the highly acclaimed Tissue Culture & Art Project (TC&A), work with researchers from both the biology and arts departments in Stanford as well as working and developing projects with other artists and organisations across the San-Francisco Bay area.
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SymbioticA - The Art and Science Collaborative Research Laboratory