Saturday, March 10, 2007

Anker: Live "Bio-Art" Exhibitions

From: Suzanne Anker
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 06:58:53 -0500

Dear Panelists.

FYI, here are two live “Bio-Art” Exhibitions currently on going and receiving considerable on-line coverage.

It’s Alive! A Laboratory of Biotech Art
Montserrat College of Art Gallery,
February 16 - April 7, 2007(From the Press Release) :
Biotech art is an emerging and diverse field that is still in the process of defining itself. This exhibit is an investigation of the current intersections of biology, technology, and art. In a world rapidly transformed by science and technology, it is proving difficult to keep up with current developments. With news of genetic engineering regularly making headlines, a growing number of artists have perceived the cultural and aesthetic significance of biotechnology. Artists play an important role in our understanding of the biotechnological world, making it emotionally and intellectually accessible enough for discussion or debate.
Participating artists are Adam Brandejs (Toronto, ONT), Shawn Bailey (Montreal, QC), Brian Burkhardt (Boston), Jennifer Hall (Boston), Blyth Hazen (Boston), Steve Hollinger (Boston), Kevin Jones (New Orleans), Brian Knep (Boston), Hunter O¹Reilly (Chicago), Tanit Sakakini (Boston), Jennifer Willet (Montreal, QC).

Panel Discussion: Friday, March 16, 6-8 pm at the Unitarian Church, 225 Cabot St.,Beverly, Massachusetts

Image credit: Brian Burkhardt, Embryo, 2006

Concordia University’s FOFA Gallery, Montreal
February 27 until March 23, 2007.
BIOTEKNICA, an artist collective founded by Shawn Bailey and Jennifer Willet, began as an art project that projected its viewers into a future where designer organisms are generated on demand. Since 2004 BIOTEKNICA moved from the virtual laboratory into real biological science labs, growing organisms modeled on the Teratoma, an unusual cancerous growth containing multiple tissues like hair, skin, and nervous systems. BIOTEKNICA both embraces and critiques biotechnology, considering the contradictions and deep underlying complexities that these technologies offer the future of humanity. BIOTEKNICA’s most recent project, LiveLifeLab is a propositional performance and installation, taking place at Concordia University’s FOFA Gallery (ground floor, room 1-715, 1515 Ste. Catherine St. W.) A vernissage will be held Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 to

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