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Oron Catts: Crude control – Growing the Semi Living world

8:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Wednesday, July 25

Organizers: Nurit Bar-Shai

A Talk by Oron Catts

When: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 8pm
Doors open at 7:30pm

Where: Genspace, The MEx Building
33 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn NY 11217
Talk: 2nd Floor conference area

Join us early for drinks and nibbles 
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Biology grows organs and tissues naturally, but what happens when we repurpose that function to produce consumer products? Catts will introduce us to the Tissue Culture and Art Project and explore the semi-living world of bioengineered materials. In his art, Catts makes in-vitro meat and leather with tissue engineering. Picture pig cell overcoats and lab-made ears. Under the banner of The Technologically Mediated Victimless Utopia (2000-2008),  the pieces explored the use of tissue engineering for the creation of in-vitro meat and leather while questioning the tendency of western technology to obscure its victims.These tangible and evocative creations illustrate and critique how human-centric ends transform and potentially warp the regenerative logic of life. His work evolves from research in regenerative medicine from 1990s. TC&A takes the science beyond medicine and turns it towards hands-on artistic experiments. These range from the construction and growth of symbolic to pseudo-utilitarian objects and the creation of semi-living “products.”

Oron Catts is an artist, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project which he established in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project. In 2000 he founded SymbioticA,   an artistic research centre housed within the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. Under Oron’s leadership SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008. Catts interest is life, more specifically the shifting relations and perceptions of life in the light of new knowledge and it application. Often working in collaboration with other artists (mainly Ionat Zurr) and scientists, Catts have developed a body of work that speak volumes about the need to for new cultural articulation of evolving concepts of life. Oron was a Research Fellow in Harvard Medical School and a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University. He is currently the Director of SymbioticA, a Visiting Professor of Design Interaction, Royal College of Arts, London,   and a Visiting Researcher/consultant at Aalto University’s Future Art Base, Helsinki. Catts’ ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; his work is often cited as inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials,   textiles, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.

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