[ARENA] hYbrid: /Reflections on Science and Art
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hYbrid: /Reflections on Science and Art
PORTO. MNSR. 31 de Maio de 2008
hYbrid: /Reflections on Science and Art/ is focusing on
different ethical perspectives of Science and Art
collaborations, particularly in relation to the Life Sciences.
31st of May
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis (MNSR),
Rua D. Manuel II, Porto
hYbrid: Reflections on Science and Art is the second meeting of a
series of Science and Art meetings we are planning to organise. Last
year’s meeting: Culturas de Fronteira ou Intersecções de Arte e
Ciência, promoted the creation of an international network aiming to
exchange experiences and know-how within these areas.
In this year’s edition, we are focusing on different ethical
perspectives of Science and Art collaborations, particularly in
relation to the Life Sciences. We have thought of 3 distinct moments
of reflection to discuss the differences, similarities, cross
sections, juxtapositions in artists and scientists’ objectives,
sensibilities and background knowledge.
1) Hybrids will present some projects that deal with different
subjects, a portrait of life, and human, animal and cellular
2) Reflections will be centred on laboratory experiences
3) Boundaries, will focus on the impact of art and science
interactions on society
Additionally, we are organising an exhibition to display works of some
of our guest speakers and other artists, aiming at reflecting the
central theme of this year meeting and bringing closer to the public
science and art creations.
furher information at: ww.ibmc.up.pt/hybrid/
Beatrice Allegranti (London, UK) is a Senior Registered Dance Movement
Psychotherapist, Artistic Director of the Personal Text Public Body Lab
and Co-ordinator for the MA in Dance Movement Therapy at Roehampton
University, London. Her interdisciplinary experience over the past
years includes: performance and choreography for dance, theatre and
film, training actors, dancers and therapists and clinical practice
psychiatry within the UK National Health System.
Oron Catts (Perth, AUS) is an artist/researcher who uses living tissue
from complex organisms as his medium. He has exhibited and published
internationally and founded the Tissue Culture and Art Project in 1996
and was Co-founder and is Artistic Director of SymbioticA: The Art &
Science Collaborative Research Laboratory at The School of Anatomy &
Human Biology, University of Western Australia.
Siân Ede (London, UK) is Arts Director for the UK Branch of the
Foundation where she led the first arts funded Arts and Science
to encourage artists and arts organisations from across the art forms to
engage with new thinking and practice in science and technology. She
also works with science institutions to develop arts programmes. She
regularly runs salons for artists and scientists and has commissioned
edited diary and poetry anthologies addressing art and science. She
frequently advises, writes, speaks and chairs debates on Art and Science
in Britain and internationally.
George Gessert (Oregon, USA) was born in 1944 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He received a BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley,
and an MA in painting and serigraphy from the University of Wisconsin-
Madison. Since 1985 his work has focused on the overlap of art and
genetics. He has participated in many exhibitions and his writings have
appeared in numerous publications. Gessert has served as editor for art
and biology for Leonardo since 1996.
Jens Hauser (Paris, France) is a Paris based art curator, writer,
journalist and video maker focusing on the interactions between art and
technology, and on transgene and contextual aesthetics. He is currently
a lecturer at the Institute of Media Studies at Ruhr University
Bochum/Germany, and has been a guest lecturer internationally in several
institutions. Hauser is also a director of creative radio pieces, sound
environments and documentary films, which have been shown in festivals
and as video installations in museums worldwide. In 1992, he has been
a founding collaborator of the European culture television channel ARTE
and regularly contributes to its programs.
Louis-Marie Houdebine (Paris, France) has studied mechanisms of animal
and particularly milk protein gene expression for forty years in the
National Institute of Research in Agronomy (INRA). He is expert in
national biosafety committees for several years. He has also been expert
for particular evaluation I WHO, FAO, EFSA, Codex Alimnetarius and OECD.
He has been participating for six years to a European Bioethics
also participates in biotechnology teaching at universities and high
in France. He also participates in public debates on GMOs and cloning
especially in France.
Maria Lopes (London, UK) is a visual artist and researcher based in
and the UK. Her current practice is transdisciplinar and based on
memory and consciousness informed by life sciences and medical research
and presented in the form of time based installations.
She has been working and showing nationally and internationally and also
teaching fine arts at ESAD CR in Portugal since 2000. She has studied
arts at the FBAUP in Porto, Portugal and did an MA at Goldsmiths College
in London. She is presently doing a practice based research degree at
Riccardo Manzotti (Milan, IT) is currently Assistant Professor of
at the IULM University in Milan. He teaches Psychology of Art and
of Media. His main interest is the conscious mind and the relation
the subject and the object from Psychology to Aesthetic Experience. He
published several books and papers on the issue of conscious experience.
Recently he is focusing his research on the phenomenal aspects of
experience and their connection with the seminal field of
Marta de Menezes (Lisbon, PT) is a Portuguese artist, born in Lisbon in
1975, with a degree in Fine Arts (University of Lisbon) and a MSt in
of Art and Visual Culture (University of Oxford). In recent years,
been exploring the interaction between Art and Biology, working in
laboratories demonstrating that new biological Technologies can be used
as new art medium, and proving that laboratories can be art studios.
researching into new ways to create art, Marta de Menezes is also an
accomplished artist using traditional media, with paintings frequently
representing insights from scientific research.
Mário Montenegro (Coimbra, PT) funded the theatre company MARIONET
in 2000, in Coimbra. Mário is its artistic Director, artist,
designer, and producer. Since 2001 he has been interested in performing
arts and science cross-sections therefore he has written and produced
MARIONET several science in theatre pieces, Revolução dos Corpos
(2001), O Nariz (2003), Os Lusíadas no Zoológico (2005), LED – viagem
ao interior de um computador (2006) and Bengala dos Cegos – o
descobrimento de Pedro Nunes (2006). In 2007 he has obtained an MA on
Science in Theatre.
Juan Luis Moraza (Madrid, Espana) was a founding member of CVA (1979-
1985) and has participated in many exhibitions since 1980. He has
commissioned several exhibitions such as Incógnitas. Cartografías del
contemporáneo en el País Vasco (Museo Guggenheim-Bilbao, 2007), Tejidos
-óseos, arquitectónicos, pictóricos- (La Casa Encendida, Madrid 2006;
de Teruel, 2005), etc. He holds a PhD in Fine Arts at Universidad del
Vasco where he was a lecturer for seven years. He currently is
the Departamento de Escultura at Universidad de Vigo.
Kira O’Reilly (London, UK) is a UK based artist and she has been making
for ten years now. Her practice whilst wilfully interdisciplinary and
undisciplined stems from a fine art background; it employs performance,
biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider the body as
Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK and Europe,
and China and featured in the recently published in Sk-interfaces:
Borders – Creating Membranes in Art, Technology and Society, Edited by
Jens Hauser, Liverpool University Press, 2008.
Alexandre Quintanilha (Porto, PT) graduated in theoretical physics at
Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) University. He devoted to biology in
where he was director of the Environmental Study Centre until 1991 and
director of the Biosphere Technology Study Centre from 1987 to 1990. He
went back to Portugal in 1990 and became director of the Experimental
Cytology Study Centre and Professor at the Biomedical Science Abel
Institute (ICBAS). In 1994 he was elected member of the European
He is currently Professor at ICBAS, director of Molecular and Cell
Institute, and President of Board of Directors of Instituto de
Kathleen Rogers (London, UK) is an artist, researcher and lecturer. Her
work explores the boundaries between art, science and technology. She
been working with new media technologies and scientific related
since 1990 and her work has been presented at key international
festivals and conferences in Europe and the USA. Her writing has been
published internationally in numerous books and journals on art and
Since 2000 her art practise has engaged with the scientific
disciplines of cell
and molecular biology. She has collaborated with scientists and
to conduct primary research on the themes of consciousness, ecology,
and genetics. Her current art practise engages with the cultural
Jill Scott (Zurich, CH) currently is Professor for Research in the
Cultural Studies in Art, Media and Design at the Zurich University of
(ZHDK) in Zürich and Co-Director of the Artists-in-Labs Program (a
with the Ministry for Culture, Switzerland) which places artists from
disciplines into physics, computer, engineering and life science labs
about scientific research and make creative interpretations. She is
Director of the Z-Node PhD program on art and science at the
Plymouth, UK. She has exhibited many video artworks, conceptual
and interactive environments in USA, Japan, Australia and Europe.
Soraya Vasconcelos (Lisbon, PT) has a degree in Fine Arts (University of
Lisbon, 2002) and finished a comercial photography course at Etic in the
same year. She holds a diploma in digital imaging from Universidade
Autónoma de Barcelona (2003-2004), and participates in a photography
course run by Programa Gulbenkian Criatividade e Criação Artística
She exhibits solo and collectively since 2000. She obtained a
from DGArtes and Ciência Viva for an Arts in Residence scheme: Programa
Rede de Residências: Arte, Ciência e Tecnologia, between October and
December, 2007. She works and lives in Lisbon.
Jennifer Willet (Montreal, Canada) is an internationally successful
specializing in performance, installation, and reproductive
(analogue/digital/biological) technologies. Willet's work explores
representation, authority, and subjectivity in relation to biological
technologies with an emphasis on social and political criticism. She
candidate in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Concordia
in Montreal. From 2000-2007, Willet and Shawn Bailey collaborated on an
innovative computational, biological, artistic, project called
Ionat Zurr (Perth, Australia) was born in England, currently living and
working in Western Australia. Wet Biology Art Practitioner. Artist in
residence/PhD candidate in SymbioticA. Co-Founder of the TC&A Project.
Research Fellow at the Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication
Harvard Medical School (2000-2001). Studied art history, photography and
media studies. Specialising in biological and digital imaging as well
production. Currently a PhD candidate researching the ethical and
epistemological implications of wet biology art practices.
Robert Zwijnenberg (Leiden, NL) is Professor of art history in
the development of science and technology at Universiteit Leiden and
Universiteit Maastricht. He has published on Renaissance culture and art
theory, philosophy of art, and on the relation between the arts and
He is one of the founding members of The Arts and Genomics Centre
(Amsterdam) that aims at stimulating, initiating and supervising
discussions, collaborations, and exchanges between international
genomic researchers and professionals from business and governmental
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