Saturday, March 11, 2017

[Yasmin_discussions] Fwd: steam research hot topics: bio art >> science and medecine


in the previous post i called for discussion of hot
topics in research that are part of the stem to steam rationale

Last time i identified the emerging field of multi modal data
representation as one such field- faced with the disruptive situation
brought about by big data

Another area that now has 25 years lineage is the broad
area of art and biology

What is notable in recent years that some of these researchers
have shifted to pursue the connection of art and biology, to m-health
and more generall health care and medecine (see my blog post at

Here at the university of texas for instance, bonnie pitman has been leading
a program that includes partnerships between medical schools and museums

Amajor conference was held at the NY MOMA: see
a report has now been posted on "the Art of Examination": Art Museum
and Medical Schools Partnerships"

in additon curricular are being developed by the O'Donnell Institute
partners with The
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the Dallas Museum of Art to
engage medical students in observing, analyzing, and communicating about works
of art to develop their diagnostic skills

in our own art science lab emerging media student Ritwik Kaikaini is working
with chemist jeremiah gassenschmidt to teach bacteria to sing !- some first
process rough videos are up at

the ultimate application of this art science research is drug delivery to target
areas of the body of cancer patients

i also note ( see below, forwarded by Ingeborg Reichle) a new book
on BioArt: Ιnstitutional Critique to Hospitality: Bio Art Practice
Now, Athens 2017 with authors that are members of Yasmin- we would
welcome your comments !

we welcome comments on the emerging hot topic on art/biology/medecine
as well as identification
of other STEAM hot topic research areas

for other details see

roger malina

From: Ingeborg Reichle <>

Subject: new book on BioArt: Ιnstitutional Critique to Hospitality:
Bio Art Practice Now, Athens 2017

Institutional Critique to Hospitality: Bio Art Practice Now brings
together 13 texts by renowned art historians, art theorists and
pioneering artists considering bio art's contemporary relevance.

The first part of the book charts a transition in contemporary bio art
practice concerned with a move away from Institutional critique into
the idea of Hospitality: Kathy High provides an endearing account of
'Bees and Microbes', while Suzanne Anker reflects on 'Three Blind
Mice'. Marta de Menezes rethinks 'Representation in Bio art' while
Pascale Pollier considers 'The Fabric of Life' with regard to *Fabrica
Vitae *exhibition and Αggelos Antonopoulos makes a personal statement
with regard to his own contribution to this exhibition. Ellen K. Levy
thinks about 'Emergence' in the context of bio art, while Adam
Zaretsky provides a critical commentary on contemporary artists'
engagement with bio art and Ioannis Melanitis an autobiographical one.

In the second part of the book, the tension between these two notions
and contexts is examined in a historical light: Martin Kemp discusses
'Pros and a few Cons' for 'Artists in Labs', while Assimina Kaniari
considers early precedences of bio artists' gestures in Leonardo's
Trattato. Robert Zwijnenberg examines the affinities between
'Xenotransfusion and Art', Gunalan Nadarajan writes on 'Specters of
the Animal' and Irina Aristarkhova considers 'the Art of Kathy High'
as a form of hospitality.

The introduction to the anthology examines Institutional critique and
Hospitality as ways of looking at and making sense of bio art today,
but also as notions charting and accounting for transitions in art
history in terms of artists' engagement with living media – whether on
a literal or metaphorical level.

Book Contents


From Institutional Critique to Hospitality: Aspects and Contexts of Bio
Art, Assimina Kaniari

Part I.

Bio Art as Institutional Critique and Hospitality: Artists' Statements

1. 'Dear Bees and Microbes', Kathy High

2. 'Three Questions: A Holy Trinity or Three Blind Mice?', Suzanne
Anker and Assimina Kaniari

3. 'Representation in Bio art: Movement and Change', Marta de Menezes

4. 'Fabrica Vitae. The Fabric of Life', Pascale Pollier

5. 'Apropos Fabrica Vitae', Assimina Kaniari in conversation with
Αggelos Antonopoulos

6. 'Bioart and Conditions for Emergence', Ellen K. Levy

7. 'iGMO: inherited Genetic Modification Orgiastics. Philosophy of
the Biological Bedroom, a Prelude for Transgenic Humans', Adam Zaretsky

8. 'Text, Code and the Arts of Bio-age', Ioannis Melanitis

Part II.

Critical and Historical Approaches on Bio Art

9. 'Artists in Labs. Pros and a few Cons', Martin Kemp

10. 'Stranger Connections. On Xenotransfusion and Art', Robert

11. 'Painting and the extension of life: Leonardo's bio pictorial
tactics after 1500', Assimina Kaniari

12. 'Specters of the Animal: The Transgenic Work of Eduardo Kac',
Gunalan Nadarajan

13. 'Hosting the Animal: the Art of Kathy High', Irina Aristarkhova

Εκδόσεις Γρηγόρη / Grigori Publications

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Reichle
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien /
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Abteilung Medientheorie / Media Theory
Oskar Kokoschka Platz 2
1010 Wien, Austria

Yasmin_discussions mailing list

Yasmin URL:

SBSCRIBE: click on the link to the list you wish to subscribe to. In the page that will appear ("info page"), enter e-mail address, name, and password in the fields found further down the page.
HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE: on the info page, scroll all the way down and enter your e-mail address in the last field. Enter password if asked. Click on the unsubscribe button on the page that will appear ("options page").
TO ENABLE / DISABLE DIGEST MODE: in the options page, find the "Set Digest Mode" option and set it to either on or off.
If you prefer to read the posts on a blog go to