Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth
VENUE: The Bakery ARTRAGE Complex, 233 James Street, Northbridge
EXHIBITION OPENING: Saturday 15 September, 6pm
EXHIBITION DATES: 15 – 23 September
GALLERY HOURS: Daily, 12-6pm
SYMPOSIUM: The Bakery ARTRAGE Complex Wednesday 19 September, 1- 6pm
Art Oriente objet (France)
S.Chandrasekaran and Gary Cass (Singapore/Australia)
The Tissue Culture and Art Project (Australia)
Verena Kaminiarz (Germany/Canada)
Paul Vanouse (USA)
Critical Art Ensemble (USA)
Natalie Jeremijenko (Australia/USA)
Zbigniew Oksiuta (Poland/Germany)
Beatriz da Costa (Germany/USA)
Brandon Ballengee (USA)
CURATOR: Jens Hauser (Germany/France)
The seminal exhibition Still, Living presents a showcase of art that deals with biological systems. It features the international debut of work developed at SymbioticA by renowned artists such as ORLAN, Critical Art Ensemble and The Tissue Culture & Art Project, as well as other major international artists in this field. Projects range from a two-headed worm searching for the right direction; live birds learning new feeding technology; frogs that mutate naturally; the non/sense and nuances of DNA fingerprinting; the fallouts of bio-warfare and torture; a multiethnic skin coat of many colours, architecture that is literally growing, a bleeding angel and notions of life in the 21st century.
‘Let’s step back a moment, this welcome moment of stillness in the eye of the breaking storm above an increasingly media-hyped art field. As biology’s ascent to the status of hottest physical science has been accompanied by the massive use of biological metaphors in the Humanities, this has also generated a wide range of biotech procedures that are providing artists simultaneously with the topics and new expressive media: transgenics, cell and tissue culture, plant and animal selection and breeding, homografts, synthesis of artificial DNA sequences, neurophysiology, synthetic biology, visualisation techniques borrowed from molecular biology and biomedical research. Artists are in the labs.’ Jens Hauser, Curator
Still, Living is produced by SymbioticA: the Art and Science Collaborative Research Laboratory, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. In 2007, SymbioticA was awarded the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica for Hybrid Art.
SYMPOSIUM: Still, Talking
A SymbioticA Symposium at The Bakery ARTRAGE Complex
Wednesday 19 September, 1-6pm
SymbioticA will present an afternoon discussion around the ideas of the Still, Living exhibition. Symbiotic and parasitic engagement across living systems and artistic practice will be dissected by artists, scientists and academics. Entry free.