Dr Andre Brodyk is an internationally recognised biotech (genetic) artist.
Dr Brodyk's practice–based PhD from UNSW (2009) is entitled, 'Genetic art and recombinants: Introns non-code and the proto-animate condition'.
His practice-led research has realised a number of important creative, practice-based outcomes:
The artist has undertaken numerous artist residencies inside laboratories since 2001. These include:
Dr Brodyk’s research engages with recombinant processes and molecular materials as models of material creativity and as the agencies of art-based expression. His ongoing practice-led research adopts and adapts recent scientific argument overturning prevailing conventions regarding the veracity of non-coding molecular materials within recombinant matrices.
Andre Brodyk undertook a second residency in 2002 developing further research for his 'DNArt' project in microbiology techniques for visualising the artist’s drawings of inanimate objects using gmos. Under the direction of Oron Catts and Gary Cass, Brodyk began developing living transgenic organisms as new painting, collage, printing and drawing media using genetics protocols as new art-making processes.
Brodyk presented the outcomes of this research as a paper entitled, Recombinant Aesthetics (Adventures in Paradise), published by SymbioticA UWA 2002 and an installation in SymbioticA’s 2002 exhibition, BIOFEEL: Art and Biology during BEAP 2002. Brodyk’s installation represents the first known publication of an Australian artist having made and displayed actual gmos as art.
Note: The gmos displayed were non-living, (OH&S).
University of Newcastle, University of New South Wales and the artist.
Oron Catts, Gary Cass
May - July 2002
Andre Brodyk undertook an intensive ten-day residency in December 2001 and investigated the potentials of developing GFP modified E coli for application as new drawing media under the direction of Oron Catts in the School of Anatomy and Human Biology and Gary Cass in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
Preliminary research was undertaken for his 'DNArt' project in microbiology techniques for visualising the artists's drawings of inanimate objects using gmos. Brodyk was also introduced to tissue culture methods being used and developed by TC&A.
Brodyk began using genetics laboratories as a new media studio, living transgenic organisms as new art media and genetics protocols as new art processes during his residency in SymbioticA. He exhibited in SymbioticA’s 2002 exhibition, BIOFEEL: Art and Biology during BEAP2002.
The University of Newcastle, School of Humanities.
Oron Catts, Gary Cass