SymbioticA

History

SymbioticA was established in 2000, although its origins can be traced through a variety of work in the preceding four years.

  1. 2013
  2. 2012
  3. 2011
  4. 2010
  5. 2009
  6. 2008
  7. 2007
  8. 2006
  9. 2005
  10. 2004
  11. 2003
  12. 2002
  13. 2001
  14. 2000
  15. 1999
  16. 1998
  17. 1997
  18. 1996

2013

June - Semipermeable (+) Exhibition Powerhouse museum Sydney

June - Agency In Movement Symposium University of Western Australia

Residents

  • Shannon Williamson (NZ) August-2012 March 2013
  • Nora Vaage (Norway) Feb-May 2013
  • Andrew Lapworth (UK) March 2013
  • Riley Zeller-Townson (USA) Mar-Apr 2013
  • Ben Forster (AUS) Mar-Jun 2013
  • Loren Kronemeyer (AUS-USA) Jun-Dec 2013
  • Lu Yang (China) July-August 2013
  • Cat Jones (AUS) Sept-Dec 2013
  • Alex Murray-Leslie (Spain-AUS) Oct-Nov 2013
  • Jill Scott (Switzerland- AUS) Nov 2013
  • Soichiro Mihara (Japan) November 2013 to Aug 2014

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2012

May - June: ADAPTATION exhibition INQB8 gallery Mandurah

June- Dec 2012 Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr secondment to Aalto Univeristy in Finland to develop new laboratory BiofiliA.

Residents

  • Carl Scrase January - April 2012
  • Amanda Ola February - May 2012
  • Verena Friedrich February - April 2012
  • Jill Scott March - April 2012
  • Chris Salter March - May 2012
  • Orkan Telhan July - August 2012
  • Shannon Williamson October - December 2012
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2011

Jan-Feb: VISCERAL: THE LIVING ART EXPERIMENT SymbioticA retrospective Science Gallery Trinity College Dublin

Residents

  • Verena Friedrich February – July 2011
  • Amy Congdon August - November 2011
  • Elizabeth Straughan Dec 2011 - Feb 2012
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2010

20 June: SymbioticA Tissue Engineering and Art Workshop at XII International Festival for New Media Culture ART+COMMUNICATION 2010, University of Latvia, Riga.

6 August: Body/Art/Bioethics – A SymbioticA Symposium, UWA. (PUT LINK)

26-28 November: Unruly ecologies: Biodiversity and art, a SymbioticA Symposium at Perth, UWA and Lake Clifton, WA. (PUT LINK)

SymbioticA is recognised as a Research Centre within The University of Western Australia.

Residents

  • Svenja Kratz - February - May 2010
  • Pernille Leth-Espensen- February - May 2010
  • David Khang- March to August 2010
  • Abhishek Hazra - April - June 2010
  • Benjamin Forster - June - November 2010
  • Kathy High - June - October 2009; 2010
  • Claire Pannell - July - December 2010
  • Kirsten Husdon - 2006-2007; 2010-2011
  • Peta Clancy - November - December 2010
  • Helen Pynor - November - December 2010

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2009

Adaptation project begins.

18 April: SymbioticA Workshop is held at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).

29 June – 3 July: SymbioticA’s Adaptation workshop at Mandurah and Lake Clifton, WA.

16-20 November: SymbioticA BioTech Art Workshop at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Ethics and aesthetics as criteria for innovation:  A design research study of biological art and digital architecture.

July: SymbioticA Master's student Kaori Yamashita's Masters Graduate Exhibition Surroundings Around is held.

Silent Barrage wins first prize in prestigious international art competition VIDA 12.0.

Residents

  • Tagny Duff - March - July 2009
  • Meredith Walsh - April – September, 2009
  • Pia Interlandi - June - August, September 2009
  • Kathy High - June - October 2009; 2010
  • Hannah Rogers - September - December 2009
  • Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg - September-December 2009

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2008

July: SymbioticA becomes a Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts through a joint initiative between The University of Western Australia and The Western Australian Government Department of Culture and the Arts.

SymbioticA wins the WA Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Science Communication.

Verena Kaminiarz  - becomes SymbioticA's first Master's Graduate.

10-14 March: SymbioticA BioTech Art Workshop, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and the National Centre for Biological Sciences, in Bangalore, India, with Arts Catalyst.

22–24 July: Artists in the Science Shrine, Artists’ residencies in science and research settings, in Perth, Western Australia.

18-21 November: SymbioticA BioTech Art Workshop, i/o/lab  ARTICLE 08 - Biennale for electronic and unstable arts, Stavenger, Norway.

TC&A present at Design and the Elastic Mind, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.

Residents

  • Tagny Duff - July 2007 - June 2008.
  • Natalia Matewecki - March - April 2008.
  • Gail Wight - March - April 2008.
  • Perdita Phillips - July-December 2007 and June-November 2008.
  • Deborah Dixon - April-May 2008.
  • Alicia King - August-October, 2008
  • Steve Kurtz - Critical Art Ensemble - August - November 2008, May - June 2007
  • Lucia Sommer - Critical Art Ensemble - August - November 2008, May - June 2007.

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2007

17 March: SymbioticA Tissue Engineering and Art Workshop at Israeli Centre for Digital Art.

18-20 May: SymbioticA Tissue Engineering and Art Workshop at Subtle Technologies Festival, Canada.

SymbioticA wins the inaugural Golden Nica in Hybrid Arts at Prix Ars Electronica.

SymbioticA resident Paul Vanouse's Latent Figure Protocol receives Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica.

Ars Electronica 2007, SymbioticA Showcase, Curated by Oron Catts, Produced by SymbioticA.

10-23 September: Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) 2007, STILL, LIVING, curated by Jens Hauser, produced by SymbioticA.

19 September: STILL, TALKING, A SymbioticA Symposium, The Bakery ARTRAGE Complex.

2 December: SymbioticA Tissue Engineering and Art Workshop, Machine Project, LA.

TC&A's NoArk wins second prize in prestigious international art competition VIDA 10.0.

Residents

  • Hege Tapio - 2007
  • Phil Ross - 2007
  • Perdita Phillips - July-December 2007 and June-November 2008
  • Steve Kurtz - Critical Art Ensemble - August - November 2008, May - June 2007
  • Lucia Sommer - Critical Art Ensemble - August - November 2008, May - June 2007
  • ORLAN - July - October 2007
  • Tagny Duff - July 2007 - June 2008
  • Adele Senior - September - October 2007

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2006

The Master of Biological Arts (coursework and dissertation) (53550) started; developed by Ionat Zurr.

15-16 February: SymbioticA Tissue Engineering and Art Workshop is held at Dies of Bioart in Barcelona.

7-8 March: SymbioticA Tissue Engineering and Art Workshop is held at AV06 Festival, University of Teesside.

16 June: Metaphors and misunderstandings: When Science and Culture Clash and Merge, A SymbioticA Symposium is held at The University of Western Australia.

23 July: Strange Attractors: charm between Art and Science, a SymbioticA Symposium, at Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China.

Residents

  • Paul Vanouse – 2005-2006
  • Boo Chapple – 2004 and 2006
  • S. Chandrasekaran – 2005-2006
  • Donna Franklin- 2003-2004
  • Tanya Visosevic - 2004-2011
  • Guy Ben-Ary- 2004- ongoing
  • Jennifer Willet – 2004 and 2006
  • Shawn Bailey– 2004 and 2006
  • Marie-Pier Boucher- 2006
  • Paul Thomas - 2006
  • Cat Hope – metaphonica- 2005, 2006 and 2007
  • Rob Muir – metaphonica- 2005, 2006 and 2007
  • Kirsten Hudson- 2006-2007
  • Jenny Boulboulle - 2006

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2005

28 March - 2 April: SymbioticA BioTech Art Workshop at Kings College in London with Arts Catalyst, London, UK.

20-24 June: SymbioticA BioTech Art Workshop at Wollongong University, Australia.

10-14 October: SymbioticA BioTech Art Workshop at The University of California Irvine, USA.

MEART – exhibited at ART SCIENCE space, Mitte Berlin, Germany.

7 November: Silent Barrage - Black Box exhibits at ARTRAGE, Perth, WA, Australia.

Residents

  • S. Chandrasekaran - 2005-2006
  • Tanya Visosevic – BioKino 2004-2011
  • Guy Ben-Ary - BioKino– 2004 - ongoing
  • Marta de Menezes – 2004-2005
  • Shannon Bell – 2004-2005
  • Janet Osborne - 2005
  • Paul Vanouse – 2005-2006

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2004

The undergraduate unit Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science (VISA2214) begins.

Life Boat Project as part of ISEA 2004.

23 April: MEART - The Semi-Living Artist exhibits at Ciber@RT Bilbao 2004, International Conference + Festival of New Technologies - Art - Communication, Bilbao, Spain.

7 June - 12 September: MEART - The Semi-Living Artist exhibits at The Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), 2004: australian culture now exhibition, Melbourne.

MEART exhibits in ART Digital 2004, the first Russian biennale for contemporary arts.

September – December: Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) 2004.

11 September: Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) 2004, Biodifference Conference, The University of Western Australia.

12 September: BioDifference: The Political Ecology Exhibition, Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) 2004, Curated by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr.

20 - 24 September: SymbioticA BioTech Art Workshop, The Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) 2004, Perth, Australia.

SymbioticA BioTech Art Workshop, Experimental Art Foundation, Australia.

Many of SymbioticA’s works are presented at Art in the Biotech Era, Adelaide International Arts Festival, Adelaide.

Residents

  • Tess Williams- 2003-2004
  • Kira O’Reilly- 2003-2004
  • Jason Davidson- 2004
  • Boo Chapple- 2004 and 2006
  • Jennifer Willet – BIOTEKNICA – 2004 and 2006
  • Shawn Bailey - BIOTEKNICA– 2004 and 2006
  • Tanya Visosevic – BioKino – 2004 - ongoing
  • Guy Ben-Ary - BioKino– 2004 - ongoing
  • Marta de Menezes– 2004-2005

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2003

The undergraduate unit Art and Life Manipulation begins.

Residents

  • Barbara MacCallum – 2002-2003
  • Meredith Walsh - 2003
  • Cynthia Verspaget - 2003
  • Donna Franklin – 2003 - 2004
  • Tess Williams – 2003-2004
  • Kira O’Reilly – 2003-2004

TC&A present Disembodied Cuisine at  L’art Biotech, la lieu unique, Nantes, France.

12-13 July: MEART - The Semi-Living Artist @ ArtBots - The robot talent show, Eyebeam Gallery, NYC.

2002

The first undergraduate unit entitled VivoArts begins, developed and run by Adam Zaretsky and Oron Catts.

Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) 2002, BIOFEEL: Art and Biology, curated by Oron Catts.

5 August: Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) 2002, The Aesthetics of care? symposium at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Northbridge, Western Australia.

TC&A present at ConVerge, Adelaide Biennale of Australian Arts, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Residents:

  • Adam Zaretsky - 2002
  • Andre Brodyk – 2001-2002
  • Nigel Helyer - 2002
  • Barbara MacCallum – 2002-2003

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2001

SymbioticA Research Group present Fish and Chips at Ars Electornica.

Residents:

  • Trish Adams – 2000-2001
  • Andre Brodyk- 2001-2002

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2000

2 January – 3 February: The Stone Age of Biology (exhibition) including TC&A at SciTech Discovery Centre as part of the Perth International Arts Festival.

Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr appointed as Research Fellows at the Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication Lab, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 2000-2001.

April: Purpose-built 'Art and Science Collaborative Studio' in the Department of Anatomy Human Biology at UWA is completed.

June: SymbioticA officially opens.

TC&A exhibit The Worry Dolls at Ars Electronica.

The Australia Council New Media Art Board fund first two SymbioticA residents: Phil Gamblen and Mark Grey Smith.

Residents:

  • Phil Gamblen- ongoing
  • Mark Grey Smith- 2000-2001
  • Trish Adams- 2000-2001
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1999

TC&A present at The MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Guy Ben-Ary is employed as the manager of the IAAF and joins Catts' and Zurr’s TC&A.

The shared vision of Grounds, Bunt and Catts for a permanent space for artists to engage with science in various capacities leads to the construction of the artists’ studio/lab on the second floor of the School of Anatomy and Human Biology at The University of Western Australia, funded by Lottery West and The University of Western Australia.

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1998

31 July - 6 September: Art in Science (exhibition), a collaboration between the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and the Department of Anatomy and Human Biology is organised by Prof Miranda Grounds, Dr Stuart Bunt and Oron Catts.

5 August – 6 September: Tissue Culture and Arts Project (exhibition) at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).

Viruses and Mutations (exhibition), a group exhibition is part of the Melbourne International Festival.

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1997

Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr receive a small research and development grant from Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and then a larger one from the New Media Arts Board of The Australia Council for the Arts to ’Explore the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression’.

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1996

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