Bio Art

Backyard Brains: Neuroscience for Fun

The term Crowdscience (that is, the science of people) has recently become a very popular term. It means that people (a nineteenth-century term that perhaps should be replaced with the term "citizens"), by actively taking part in research, can enable discoveries, that would otherwise not be possible with traditional media – for the mental, computational and economic resources they require. It also assumes that first-person participation in scientific projects is one of the few ways to not be relegated on the sidelines of democracy in a society permeated at all levels by scientific and technological knowledge.... READ MORE...

Dialogues on “Bioart” #1. A conversation with Jens Hauser

In the series Dialogues on “Bioart”, I will speak about these and other issues with curators, artists, cultural workers and other professionals who deal with "Bioart" in different ways and have been working in this field for a number of years. Through these interviews, I not only want to present them and their work, but also to shed light on their various viewpoints on, and relevant experiences with, the issues being addressed in the so-called "Bioart", in order to bring all this into line with the larger context of the analysis of what "Bioart" as well as the connected issues and questions, actually are... READ MORE...

Marta De Menezes. Bio-Art System Analysis

Marta de Menezes has been working now for a decade with biological techniques and materials as her medium, and has often done so in collaboration with scientists, and in particular, with biologists. She is a phd candidate at the University of Leiden, and the artistic director at Ectopia, an experimental art lab in Lisbon. By recently employing the tools of analysis in systems biology to the field of art practice, de Menezes is taking a reflexive and immersive approach to art research. It's one that embraces complexity and could translate into a deeper understanding about the historical development and embedded structures of art and biology related exploration... READ MORE...

Arte Bio-diversa. Il Pav Di Torino, Tra Ecologia E Transgenesi

Artisti e biologi lavorano fianco a fianco per tentare di dare una risposta concreta a problemi come l'impatto dei cambiamenti climatici sull'ecosistema, la salvaguardia della bio-diversitˆ, la clonazione di esseri viventi. Temi che l'arte prende in carico, non pi rappresentandoli, ma proponendo soluzioni. Se la sopravvivenza dell'ecosistema globale  una prioritˆ non solo etica, l'artista, analizzando il nostro rapporto con la biosfera, vuole ricordarci l'intima connessione con essa e la necessitˆ della sua tutela. Ne discutiamo con Piero Gilardi, direttore dell'Art Program del PAV di Torino.... READ MORE...

Koen Vanmechelen. Chickens, Chicks & Experimental Subjects

During the international arts exhibition LIV, International Art Exhibition in Venice, the Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen will install a laboratory at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Loredan, one of Venice most renowned buildings. It is a new stage of the artist's research on fertilization of arts and science, a project that Vanmechelen has been pursuing since the beginning of his career using all sorts of materials and techniques' sculpture, video, photography, multimodal installations, drawing.... READ MORE...

Art & Science A new art movement

Science is changing our world and our lives at an ever increasing rate. But today artists are bringing science out of the laboratory. Once art and science seemed diametrically opposite; but these days some of the most innovative artists are fusing art and science to create a brand new art movement inspired by science. Striving to visualise the invisible and what it must mean to be human in the future, they create images and objects of stunning beauty, redefining the notion of aesthetic and of what is meant by art.... READ MORE...

Cae: The Spectre Of Plague. Biological Warfare, Politics Of Fear

A few months ago, Lo spettro della peste (Eluthera, Milano, 2011) was finally released in Italy (under Copyleft Licences, to copy and freely spread the contents of the book). It is the translation of the historic Marching Plague: Germ Warfare and Global Public Health, published by CAE in 2007 for Autonomedia.... READ MORE...

Synthetic Aesthetics International Salon

Synthetic Aesthetics is a research project run by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Stanford University, California. Synthetic biologists, like many engineers, are concerned with 'design'. By instigating new collaborations between synthetic biologists, designers, artists, and social scientists, we are exploring the shared territory between synthetic biology and creative practice.... READ MORE...

Smart Urban Stage Intervista a Paolo Mataloni

Come degna conclusione del progetto di collaborazione tra Digicult e Smart Urban Stage, l'intervista a Paolo Mataloni (curatore della sezione "Explore - Scienza") è quindi l'ultima intervista ai curatori della mostra smart future minds exhibition: dopo quella ad Alberto Abruzzese, pubblicata nel numero di Luglio/Agosto di Digimag, e quella a Lorenzo Imbesi. Paolo Mataloni insegna Ottica Quantistica Non-Lineare al Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università ‹Sapienza› di Roma. I suoi principali campi di ricerca sono stati l'ottica non lineare, la fisica laser e i fenomeni ottici ultraveloci. Attualmente sta lavorando sull'informazione quantistica che usa tecniche ottiche: a riguardo porta avanti esperimenti sulla generazione di stati ‹entangled› di fotoni costruiti su molti qubit e le loro applicazioni per la realizzazione di protocolli per la comunicazione e computazione quantistica.... READ MORE...

Tortuous Visions Of Lu Yang. The Bioart In China

New media art in greater China, when it is present, tends toward the conservative: re-engineered video games, simplistically interactive video installations, and sound art are the norm. In a few corners, however, a new wave of artists is pushing this envelope and developing new strains of practice based particularly around the complementary poles of aesthetic coding and, most intriguingly, biological matter.... READ MORE...

Monsieur Morin: For A Complex Thought Ethic

To meet Monsieur Morin is not something to be taken lightly. Even those who do not know him could not but be fascinated by his old Frenchman-like elegant ways and his ringed fingers. And I believe in his success. The husky voice with which the Monsieur expresses himself, never as an intellectual but more like the chief of a tribe who tells myths and stories, immediately creates empathy and takes you into an intellectual dimension with layered dimensions: that of complex thought. And it is immediately clear that complex thought, in the presence of the old philosopher, is not just a mix of methods, an intellectual practice, but the exercising of an existential operation, a human opening that has this objective: to give itself a new founding ethic, the ethic that a planetary consciousness needs.... READ MORE...

Stelarc’s Extrabody: The Technologic Chimera

Art concepts and techniques should always be avant-garde, and serve as an approach to men's comprehension as well as an anticipation of what they will be and how they will behave. In light of that assumption, Stelarc, who is a pioneer of extreme performances and of performances helped by interactive robotic systems and virtual reality, represents without a doubt an important reference point for all those who want to deal with an artistic project which uses technology as a means of expression.... READ MORE...

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