[Cyborg] 7/31: An evening of BioArt (USF)

kristin neidlinger kristin at sensoree.com
Mon Jul 30 21:42:53 UTC 2012

this looks neato!

When: July 31st at 7pm
Where: University of San Francisco - Fromm Hall - Maier Room 110
Free and open to the public

Oron Catts, Director of SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia,
a center of excellence in Biological Arts, will be passing by San
Francisco, and we invited him to give a presentation of Symbiotica, an
artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning and critique of
life sciences.
SymbioticA, established in 2000 by cell biologist Professor Miranda
Grounds, neuroscientist Professor Stuart Bunt and artist Oron Catts, was
the first research laboratory of its kind, enabling artists to engage in
"wet biology", with access to scientific laboratories and staff in a
university biological science department.

Oron's presentation will be followed by a panel on BioArt with Chemistry
and art specialist Tami Spector (USF), Art historian and artist Meredith
Tromble (San Francisco Art Institute), Bioartist Phil Ross, Cultural
historian Piero Scaruffi (www.scaruffi.com), Plant scientist Anna Davidson
(UC Davis).

Oron Catts is an artist, researcher and curator whose work with the Tissue
Culture and Art Project (which he founded in 1996 with Ionat Zurr) is part
of the NY MoMA design collection and has been exhibited and presented
internationally. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, an artistic research
laboratory housed within the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The
University of Western Australia. Under Oron's leadership, SymbioticA has
gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007)
and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008. In 2009 Oron was recognised by
Thames & Hudson's "60 Innovators Shaping our Creative Future" book in the
category "Beyond Design", and by Icon Magazine (UK) as one of the top 20
Designers, "making the future and transforming the way we work". More about
Oron Catts: http://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/residents/catts

The panelists (in no particular order):
* Meredith Tromble is an artist and writer who teaches at the San Francisco
Art Institute (SFAI) in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies
specializing in the intersection of art, science and technology. In
addition to fifteen years of broadcasting, she has authored hundreds of
interviews, essays and commentaries, and she was a founding editor of Art
Contemporaries. http://meredithtromble.net
* Tami Spector is a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of San
Francisco and serves on the Board of Leonardo the International Society for
the Arts, Sciences and Technology. She has written on the intersections of
chemistry and art as well as nanoscience and art.
* Phil Ross is a practicing bioartist whose living artworks are grown into
being over the course of several years, integrating traditional
manufacturing techniques with practices and technologies from disparate
fields. His recent work includes the growing of a building composed of
living fungus. http://philross.org/
* Anna Davidson is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Plant Sciences at
UC Davis studying plant ecophysiology. She teaches found object and
sculpture for the Art Science Fusion program at UC Davis. She is also an
active bioartist, currently working on sculptures using fungus.
* Piero Scaruffi is a cultural historian, blogger, poet and cognitive
scientist who has published several books on music, science and history. He
organizes the Leonardo Art Science Evenings (LASERs) at USF and Stanford,
and the SMMMASH at Stanford (Stanford Multidisciplinary Multimedia Meetings
of the Arts, Sciences and Humanities) http://www.scaruffi.com

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