March 3, 2014

From the Laboratory to the Studio: Interdisciplinary Practices in Bio Art

School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Suzanne Anker, Vanitas (in a Petri Dish), 2013.

Coming to the fore in the early 1990s, Bio art is neither media specific nor locally bounded. As an international movement, several sub-genres exist within this overarching term:

– The iconography of molecular matter and reproductive technologies
– The employment of computer software, systems theory and simulations that investigate evolution, artificial life and robotics
– Projects with wet-lab mediums, including tissue engineering, plant breeding, and ecological reclamation. Of particular importance to bio art is to summon awareness of the ways in which altering nature also transforms social, ethical and cultural values in society

This residency takes place in the Fine Arts Nature and Technology laboratory located in New York City’s Chelsea gallery district, equipped with microscopes for photo and video, skeleton, specimen and slide collections, aquariums, and a library. Demonstrations include microscopy, plant tissue engineering, molecular cuisine and the production of micro eco-systems. Field trips and visiting speakers will include artists, scientists and museum professionals. Students may work in any media, including the performing arts.

From the Laboratory to the Studio: Interdisciplinary Practices in Bio Art will be led by artist Suzanne Anker, Chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department at SVA; Brandon Ballengée, bio-artist; and Joseph DeGiorgis, marine biologist. In addition, visiting speakers have included artists, scientists and museum professionals including Kathy High, Ingeborg Reichle, James Walsh, Jennifer Willet, Ellen D. Jorgensen, Oliver Medvedik, William Myers and Paula Hayes.

A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program. Residents who wish to borrow equipment from the Fine Arts Digital Lab are required to submit proof of insurance with rental endorsement, listing SVA as a co-insured. Participants will be held responsible for payment of any loss, theft or damage incurred to the equipment. Affordable housing is available, as are opportunities to display work.

Priority deadline for applications: April 1
Early application is highly recommended.

For further information or questions regarding SVA’s Summer Residencies: [email protected] /
T +1 212 592 2188.

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