Marta de Menezes - “ Identity: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?"


Marta de Menezes - “ Identity: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?"

Auditorium, CBIS

March 22, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist whose work explores a multitude of possibilities for art created in relation to biology. In this lecture, special emphasis will be given to the development of collaborative projects between the artist and the different fields of biology within which she has worked, to question our biological commonality (for instance, how our genetic composition is similar to that of other animals) and challenge concepts of identity. 

The lecture is free and open  to the RPI community.

Bio:  Marta de Menezes (b. Lisbon, 1975) is the Artistic Director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in Portugal.  She holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University in Lisbon, a Masters in History of Art and Visual Culture from Oxford University, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden. Her work explores the intersection of Art and Biology and how biological technologies can be used as new art media. In 1999, de Menezes created her first biological artwork, entiteld Nature?, by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) and incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) and bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures. 

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