What began as a pilot three-month residency, the BioArt Residency emerged into a three-year program featuring a number of internationally recognized artists, such as Laura Splan and Heather Dewey-Hagborg Splan’s conceptually-based art is rooted in craft, sculpture, fibers and new media. Through the residency program, she conducted research on the materiality of science and the representation of biomedical imagery manipulating living cells, tissue, and DNA. More recently, Dewey-Hagborg created a custom virus able to increase the production of oxytocin, a hormone that induces feelings of love, kindness, and empathy. The project titled Lovesick, was envisioned as an activist intervention designed to combat the alienation and disconnection of the present. Echoing recent debates around genetic editing and the role of ethics in science, Lovesick amplifies the dialog around the possibility of selecting one’s emotions through biotechnology.
The common thread that unites all BioArt residents is the use of creative models that use scientific tools to ask new questions. For the scientists at Integral Molecular, the residency allows them to gain a new way to interpret their research and see their work from a new perspective.
34th Annual Awards Celebration
Together with over 500 business, legal, technology, and creative professionals, we’ll be gathering to honor and celebrate these exceptional individuals and organizations who drive change and innovation in our communities.
May 29, 2019 | 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts