7/31: An evening of BioArt (USF)
When: July 31, 2012, at 7pm
Where: University of San Francisco - Fromm Hall - Maier Room 110
Free and open to the public
Video: Oron Catts
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):