In the Presence of the Body 2

 

In the Presence of the Body 2

Center for Biotechnology

August 29, 2007 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Photo credit:  Living Screen by Biokino (hosted by SymbioticA) - Guy Ben-Ary, Tanja Visocevic and Bruce Murphy (Australia), since 2004

Screening: August 29th, 5pm-8pm
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), Bruggeman Conference Center



Films by artists discussing provocative biological topics : Critical Art Ensemble /+ Rich Pell (USA), Bioteknica--Jennifer Willet and Shawn Bailey (Canada), Adam Zaretsky, and SymbioticA Research Lab--Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr and Guy Ben-Ary (Australia)

Curator: Boryana Rossa
Contact: Laura Andruski, 518-276-4829, andrul@rpi.edu
Daniela Kostova, kostod2@rpi.edu

The selected works intend to provoke a debate about controversial issues that should be discussed in a democratic society. The topics presented in these works may be deemed offensive by certain people - discretion is advised.


More about the project:

In the Presence of the Body 2 is an exhibition event of the ground breaking BioArt Initiative for collaboration between the Department of Electronic Art and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) at RPI that is already running in full speed. The initiative brings together cutting-edge biotechnology resources with its world-class electronic arts community. This show is an extension of the first exhibition, "In the Presence of the Body" that was meant to be an introduction to the field. This time a documentation of bio-art projects of established artists from USA, Australia, Russia and Bulgaria will be presented aiming to reach larger audience of the university and the local community. These works will engage the public with an educational and critical overview of some of the aspects of bio technological research and its current applications. A video projection in the lobby will support the exposition in the atrium.


Artists presented in the exhibition:

SymbioticA Research Lab--Guy Ben-Ary, Tanja Visocevic, Bruce Murphy (Australia), Julia Reodica (USA), Eduardo Kac (USA), Paul Vanouse (USA), Ultrafuturo--Boryana Rossa, Oleg Mavromatti, Katia Damianova, Anton Terziev (Bulgaria/Russia) and Where are the Dogs Running (Russia), Adam Zaretsky, Critical Art Ensemble /+ Rich Pell (USA), SymbioticA Reserch Lab--Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr and Guy Ben-Ary (Australia) and Bioteknica--Jennifer Willet and Shawn Bailey (Canada).


About the BioArt Initiative:

The BioArt Initiative is a collaborative research project between Rensselaer's Arts Department and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS). This project proposes to lay the foundation establishing RPI as a premiere institution for the synthesis of emerging biotechnological research and media art practice. The potential for creating a mutually supportive and critically engaged culture between art, engineering and science exists at RPI to a degree that is possible in only a select few universities worldwide.

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