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SymbioticA exhibits art that deals with the shifting perceptions of life.

SymbioticA holds a strong and important place in the history of showing biological art and is dedicated to producing exhibitions and conferences focusing on biological art.

  1. Upcoming exhibitions
  2. Previous exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions October 2015

Futile Labor

1-10 October 2015
John Curtin Gallery Perth Western Australia
Futile Labor is concerned with our changing perceptions of life and its agencies bound by the phenomenon of movement, as they are brought on by new biotechnologies. This exhibition by Ionat Zurr, Chris Salter and Oron Catts is a new major work informed by three years of DECRA research.


3 October - 5 December 2015
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
The University of Western Australia Curated by Oron Catts, Elizabeth Stephens and Jennifer Johung.

Cultural Research Into New Genres of Experimentation

4 October 2015
SymbioticA and UWA's Cultural Precinct will partner to present the National Day of CRINGE - a day of play, failure and unfinished ideas.

Previous exhibitions

semipermeable (+)Semipermeable Square

Date: 8 June - 21 August 2013.
Location: Powerhouse Museum Sydney
Curated by: Oron Catts

semipermeable (+) looks at the membrane as a site, metaphor and platform for a series of artistic interventions and projects, some commissioned specifically for the show and others selected from the many projects developed at SymbioticA since 2000.

Luminous Night Print Retrospective

Location: UWA University Club
When: 8th Feb 2013

As part of UWA's Luminous Night centenary celebrations SymbioticA showcases work spanning the lifetime of the Centre, including new work from 2012, in print form. 



Date: 6 May - 10 June 2012
Location: INQB8 Centre for Contemporary Art, 63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah Western Australia
Curated by: Cecelia Cmielewski

Exploring the microbe to the macro, and everything in-between, Adaptation is SymbioticA's art and ecology research project undertaken by artists at Lake Clifton since 2008. Lake Clifton as a location and as a metaphor, offers a microcosmic peak into the broader issues of ecology and life itself. Adaptation broadly scopes issues spanning the creation of life, indigenous culture, colonisation, scientific discovery, developmental booms, to fragility in the face of climate change. Outcomes of SymbioticA’s Adaptation residency and collaboration projects will be showcased in this exhibition.

Visceral: The Living Art Experiment

Curated by: Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr
Produced by:
Science Gallery, Dublin and SymbioticA

This exhibition will explore and provoke questions about scientific truths, what constitutes living and the ethical and artistic implications of life manipulation.

Still, Living: Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2007

Curated by: Jens Hauser
Produced by:

From frogs that mutate naturally to the fallouts of bio-warfare and torture, seminal bio-art exhibition Still, Living showcased work dealing with biological systems, as part of the third Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth.

SymbioticA Showcase: Ars Electronica 2007

Curated by: Oron Catts
Produced by:

As the winners of the inaugural Hybrid Arts Golden Nica, SymbioticA's director Oron Catts was asked to curate a showcase exhibition to highlight the work developed in SymbioticA.

BioDifference: The Political Ecology Exhibition: Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2004

Curated by: Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr

From a pin-ball competition between humans and micro-organisms to the movements of rolling robotic fish bowls, the anti-aesthetic of breeding plants and fungi grown into textile stains, BioDifference explored Biological art with ideas concerning relationships with living systems and the interconnectivity of the different levels of life.

BIOFEEL: Art and Biology: Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2002

Curated by: Oron Catts

The art in BioFeel goes beyond the fantasy of the surrealist project. The artists are dealing with the actual wet palette of possibilities of life manipulation offered by biotechnology.

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