SymbioticA's Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr Announced as Visiting Faculty at the Royal College of Art, London

Thursday, 30 July 2015

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.

Audrey Appudurai launches first SymbioticA PhD grad show

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Cernentia: exploring the visual perception of lungfishes without eyes

Audrey Appudurai's graduating exhibition will be the first PhD show from SymbioticA's academic programme.

Audiences are invited to experience the visual world of a group of Australian lungfishes born without external eyes.

National Experimental Arts Forum comes to Perth in 2015

Friday, 13 February 2015

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

Neolife 2015 Call for Papers

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


The Inaugural (Rest of the World) SLSA Conference
Perth Western Australia
1-3 October 2015

Neolife; full of surprises.

Dancers are Yilin Kong and Kenny Johnson, Photo by Dana Weeks

Ochre bridges the gap through dance

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

There is a lot of talk about ‘bridging the gap' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and usually it is in the context of addressing the imbalance in health and life-expectancy.

Donna Franklin - FibreReactive (2004). Photo by Robert Firth

Art of skins cells, infection and DNA exhibits in Sydney

Thursday, 6 June 2013

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.

Call for participants: SymbioticA's Agency in Movement symposium

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Agency in Movement Symposium

Date: Friday 21st June 2013
Location: The University of Western Australia G06 Moot Court
Time: 9am-5pm
Free: (Please RSVP [email protected] for catering purposes)

The Agency in Movement symposium employs a variety of disciplines to explore the complex relations between movement and vitality.

SymbioticA Biotech for Artists Workshop: Call For Participants

Monday, 29 October 2012

BiofiliA -Base for Biological Arts at Future Art Base, Aalto University, Finland

Call for Participants: SymbioticA Biotech for Artists Workshop 28th January-1st February, 2013 Saturday 2nd February, official inauguration of Aalto BiofiliA wet biology laboratory

Deadline for applications- Friday 26th November 2012

Adaptation brings thrombolites into the gallery. Photo by Carmel Wallace

Adaptation brings thrombolites into the gallery

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

SymbioticA, a ground-breaking artistic research laboratory at The University of Western Australia, is taking its long-term art and ecology research project, Adaptation, on the road.

SymbioticA logo

SymbioticA inspires the development of new art-science laboratory in Finland

Monday, 3 September 2012

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.

Guy Ben-Ary

Guy Ben-Ary awarded Creative Australia Fellowship

Thursday, 24 May 2012

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 exhibition poster

Translife: International Triennial of New Media Art

Friday, 5 August 2011

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).

From the Media Art China Website:

Pigs Wings by Tissue Culture and Art Project

Tissue Culture & Art Project join London group show

Thursday, 7 July 2011

The artistic collaboration between SymbioticA founding members Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr known as Tissue Culture and Art Project, will exhibit in the forthcoming Art & Science group show, at the GV Art Gallery in London.

Exploring tension between science and art

Monday, 17 January 2011

Science and art are set to collide this month when The University of Western Australia's SymbioticA and Dublin's Science Gallery launch:  Visceral:  The Living Art Experiment.

Lisa Carrie Goldberg

Creating art of sleep

Friday, 1 October 2010

Have you ever wonder what you look like when you sleep?  How about what your brain and body are doing while you're unconscious?  Ever imagine that you could produce artwork while you are sleeping?

Silent Barrage wins first prize in prestigious international art competition VIDA 12.0

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Can the movement of an audience through a robotic art installation help to calm‐down a ‘brain’ of cultured nerve cells in a lab thousands of kilometres away?

Fits and Starts – Australian artists win international award

Monday, 15 June 2009

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.

Corpus Extremus (LIFE+) - SymbioticA residents on show in New York at Exit Art

Friday, 6 February 2009

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.

SymbioticA wins the Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Science Communication Outside the Classroom

Friday, 5 December 2008

SymbioticA, the Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts has won the Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Science Communication at the Premier’s Science Awards.

I³ - International, Interdisciplinary, Innovative

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Artsactive is the international network of organisations involved in running artists' programs in science and industry research labs.