Join award winning artist, researcher, curator and Experimenta Life Forms artist, Oron Catts, in a special arts forum lecture.
In his talk, ‘Biological art and its discontents’, Oron Catts will trace the cultural and scientific developments that led to the emergence of biological art as a new form of art practice. From Alexis Carrel, Stéphane Leduc and Edward Steichen to contemporary lab craft and art, this talk provides a critical look at the development of biological art.
Experimenta Life Forms: International Triennial of Media Art, presenting at Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, 19 March – 9 May 2021
About the Speaker
Oron Catts is an artist, designer, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture & Art Project is considered a leading biological art project.
Oron Catts is an artist, designer, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture & Art Project is considered a leading biological art project. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, which has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007), the WA Premier Science Award (2008) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008. Catts’ work has been exhibited at MoMA, New York; The Centre Pompidou, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, among others.
Catts was a Research Fellow in Harvard Medical School, a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University, and a Professor at Large in Contestable Design at the Royal College of Arts, London. In 2012-2013 he set up a biological art lab called Biofilia – Base for Biological Art and Design, at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki, where he was a Visiting Professor.