SymbioticA will be hosting a three day workshop in Toronto on growing living tissue in 3-dimensional sizes and shapes. The workshop will introduce artists and other interested people (including architects, designers, ethicists, policy makers) to basic principles of tissue culture and tissue engineering, and also to the history of tissue culturing as artistic intervention.
Bioart is the emerging art form that uses the biological as its medium to explore the vast possibilities of biotechnology. The use of tissue engineering for non-medical ends has also been explored in areas such as food production (in-vitro meat), leather replacement, locomotion, research models, and art.
SymbioticA is an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning and critique of life sciences, and is the first research laboratory of its kind in that it enables artists to engage in wet biology practices in a biological science department.
The workshop was developed by Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr and Dr Stuart Hodgetts and is conducted by artist/researcher/curator Oron Catts, the Artistic Director of SymbioticA
Dates & Location: May 18-29 (2007) University of Toronto
There are approximately 25 positions available for this workshop, including up to 5 fully funded scholarships. More information and application procedures are detailed on the website.