Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Dr Helen Pynor is a Sydney and London-based Artist and Researcher whose practice explores philosophically and experientially ambiguous zones, such as the life-death boundary. Her work is informed by in-depth residencies in scientific institutions, most recently The Francis Crick Institute, London and The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden. Since 2011 Pynor’s work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally including at The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; FACT – Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool UK; and ISEA – International Symposium on Electronic Art. Pynor has received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica for her collaborative work ‘The Body is a Big Place’ exploring organ transplantation (2012) and national awards in Australia.
Pynor holds a PhD, a Bachelor of Visual Arts, (both from Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney) and a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Hons) (Macquarie University).
This work explores how animate-inanimate boundaries are collapsing due to the widespread use of medical prosthetics. It takes takes up Monika Bakke’s notion of ‘lithic intimacies’: life’s diverse, intimate relationships of exchange and inter-species companisionship with minerals.
EXPERIMENTA LIFE FORMS – in development Interview: Helen Pynor and ‘Habitation’
In this interview we spoke to Helen Pynor about her multifaceted work ‘Habitation’, which challenges the animate-inanimate boundary in the body. Helen discusses her personal experience of surgery, the artists and academics whose ideas inform this ambitious artwork, the alchemical process of turning bone into china, and her upcoming residency with SymbioticA. Experimenta: What led […]