Please join us for two BioArt workshops – a hands-on, do-it-yourself DNA isolation, followed by a novel culinary experience: Radical Gastronomy Microsushi Injection Lab!
Both on Thursday, February 15th, in Hopkins Hall Lobby, at the Ohio State University.
• 5:30 – 6:30 pm: The Hybrid DNA Isolation Skill-Share Lab • Zaretsky will show us how to extract DNA from Anything Living. Our lab is all ages and animal and tree nut free. Our lab is a communal performance ritual that can easily be repeated at home. Participants are asked to bring non-animal, living samples for DNA Isolation.
• 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Methods of Transgenesis Bioart Inject Lab: Microinjection • Participants will learn about the history of microinjection and practice Do It Yourself (DIY) microinjection. A Microinjector is a thin glass micropipette. The tiny needle is so small that it can inject directly into the nucleus of living cells. It is often used to get novel genes into the genomes of living cells. DNA is mixed with liquids and injected into various living beings. This is known either as transgenesis transfection, trans-gene infection, transformation, genetic modification or transgenic production. We will talk about the history and symbolism of microinjection development and the ethics of genetic modification. Participants will have a chance to test a variety of DIY and commercially available microinjectors. We will work on making gourmet microsushi with sterile solutions of wasabi or soy sauce and perhaps microinject some zebrafish embryos with DNA from the Hybrid DNA Isolation Lab.
The goal of these labs is to create an open-ended interface between life and the arts. To keep all expressive options dilated, the focus is not on the logic of the biologic. Instead, our cultural relationships to the world of life are exposed in their contradictory and slippery illogics. The interfaces between human society and the ecosphere are identified, rethought and collaged together to form signs of definitional breakdown. Consider the categories for whom should be treated to artistic xenophilia: Food, Nature, the Laboratory, Our Bodies and other non-humans. By defining where and how we interface with all lifeforms and by mixing these logics into art media instead of fact production, we arrive at unusual conceptual re-evaluations… towards a kinship with biodiversity and general life as complex for appreciation.
For this experiment, we want as many varieties of non-animal samples as possible. Participants have been requested to bring one or more samples of living, growing, raw or recently alive materials for Isolation and Purification of an admixture of these samples. We will take a portion of everything that is provided.
These samples will be mixed together during the isolation. Through a series of simple protocols, using household items, the hybrid DNA is extracted and collected by the group. We then use artistic techniques to work with this New and Very Old Media to make monoprints, sculpture and conceptual art.
Adam Zaretsky is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs based on topics such as: foreign species invasion (pure/impure), radical food science (edible/inedible), jazz bioinformatics (code/flesh), tissue culture (undead/semi-alive), transgenic design issues (traits/desires), interactive ethology (person/machine/non-human) and physiology (performance/stress). A former researcher at the MIT department of biology, for the past decade Zaretsky has been teaching an experimental bioart class called VivoArts at: San Francisco State University (SFSU), SymbioticA (UWA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), University of Leiden’s The Arts and Genomic Centre (TAGC) and with the Waag Society. He has also taught DIY-IGM (Do-It-Yourself Inherited Genetic Modification of the Human Genome) at New York University (NYU) and Carnegie Melon University (CMU). He also runs a public life arts school: VASTAL (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.) His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans. Adam is currently Media Arts Faculty in the School of Communication and the Arts at Marist College. Zaretsky received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of California at Davis, his MFA in Art and Technology from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
- Please join us for Adam Zaretsky’s artist talk on Friday, February 16th, 11 am – 12 pm in the Cartoon Room, at the Ohio Union 1739 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210 .
- FREE and open to the public.
- Sponsored by Science and Technology Studies, a Humanities & Arts Discovery Theme and organized in association with the Questioning Science in Uncertain Times workshop.
Trans-Species Skins is a themed art exhibition exploring skin as a metaphor and substance that transcends species categories. Skin is the multilayered and multipurpose organ that shifts from thick to thin, tight to loose, wet to dry, across the landscapes of bodies and machine interfaces. Natural and artificial skin responds to heat, cold, pleasure and pain. It lacks boundaries and flows seamlessly from exposed surfaces to our internal cavities real and virtual. It is a self-repairing, semi-permeable surface, with inner layers that are flush with nerves and glands, sensors and chips. New tools allow artists, designers, and engineers to look at a new emerging organicism that takes shape across the surface of the grown and manufactured. Skins can modulate meaning, touch, function and can provide feedback and change with light and heat. Flexible membranes embedded with sensors and materials are bent, impregnated, or inflated to become structure. Re-skinning allows deceit; the non-living can approximate life, and the living can appear otherwise.
This semester, students in the Art & Technology courses – ranging from animation, art-science, digital imaging, and 3D modeling to robotics – have created individual and group artworks related to this theme and they will be presenting them in this juried exhibition.
Opening Wednesday, December 6, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Open hours: Thursday, December 7, 11:00am – 5:00pm & Friday Dec 8, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Hopkins Hall Gallery, Lobby, Corridor, and Collaboratory – directions
Admission is free and open to the public
Art & Technology Student Exhibition open to the public Monday April 24 to Friday, April 28, 2017. Located in Hopkins Hall Gallery, Lobby, Corridors, Collaboratory and New Media Labs – all on the first floor of Hopkins Hall.
Reception: Monday, April 24 from 5-7 PM
Professor Isla Hansen will teach a new course this summer called Media In Motion: Exploring cause and effect in animation, sculpture, and interactive experiences
Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, The Ohio State University
May short term, 2017
M/W/F – 12:00 – 4:00pm
(T/TH – optional open lab time 12-4pm)
Location: ACCAD and Hopkins 171
Announcing a new special topics course for Fall 2017
This Art/Science studio course will explore connections between micro and macro, plants and humans, local and global, anthropocentric and ecocentric. Co-taught by Molecular Genetics professor Iris Meier and Art professor Amy Youngs, students will learn to apply both scientific and artistic methods to creative projects. Working individually and collaboratively, we will do experiments in the lab and art studios, creating works that explore • climate stress & adaptation • biotech / bioart • constructed ecosystems • biomimicry • hypernature • symbiosis.
All forms of art making welcome in this class. While we will be discussing, reading, and experimenting with molecules, plants and eco-aesthetics, students can chose to work in media appropriate to their creative skill sets. Ideal for graduate students, and advanced undergraduates in studio-based or lab-based disciplines such as Art, Biology, Science, Design, Music and Architecture.
We are excited to be hosting visiting artist Marta de Menezes from Portugal. She will give a hands-on, DIY BioArt workshop involving CRISPR (gene editing techniques) on March 20 & 21. 10am – 2pm.
Additionally, she will present a public lecture on her artwork on March 21 at 4pm in Hopkins Hall room 246.
Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MS in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden. She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures. She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory within a biological research institute – the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência – in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal. Website: martademenezes.com
Contemporary Art and Life Sciences Workshop – CRISPR Cas9 technology
The intersection of Art, Biology and the Environment offers unique opportunities to visual artists. This innovative workshop will allow non-specialists to acquire theoretical and practical skills in biological sciences and genetic manipulation techniques in connection to the visual arts. We will:
- learn about current artistic practices that engage the life sciences, and will become familiar with artists that combine the two disciplines.
- explore CRISPR-Cas9 method to manipulate yeast and/or bacteria in pursuit of the larger question “What is natural?” / “What are the implications and outcomes of the manipulation of life?”
- engage in and critically examine all elements of the creative process in art and science, including ideation, experimentation, and communication.
- develop new methodologies, lines of inquiry or strategies to inform, build upon or challenge the participants’ creative research and practice in art and/or science.
- collaborative works that combine elements of art and science, and successfully link concept, intent, and form.
Limited enrollment. Please contact Amy Youngs firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest in attending.
Please note: you’ll need to commit to both days: Monday March 20 & Tuesday March 21 10am – 2pm
These events are part of the Humanities & Arts Discovery Theme focused on Science and Technology Studies.
Filter Bubble is an Art & Technology Student Exhibition open to the public Wednesday, December 7, 2016 to Friday, December 9, 2016. Located in Hopkins Hall Gallery, Lobby, Corridors, Collaboratory and New Media Labs – all on the first floor of Hopkins Hall.
Reception: Wednesday, December 7 from 5-8 PM
Filter Bubble is a themed, new media art exhibition that examines the hyper-personalization of information surrounding each of us, based on algorithms that are trained by our individual interests and world views. Students working in 3D animation, 3D modeling and rapid prototyping, robotic art, internet art, game art, and moving image art forms will exhibit their investigations into the meanings, consequences, and futures of a citizenship shaped by like-minded viewpoints.
What does it take to break your filter bubble? Is it possible to see through someone else’s?
The Center for Ethics and Human Values, is offering awards to artists in the exhibition – and throughout the Department of Art Open House – who have made compelling artwork related to the theme of Inequality.
Moral concern with inequality is about far more than economic inequality. It is also about political, legal, educational, and health inequalities and how these interact with each other. And it’s about how these inequalities connect with underlying issues of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, LGBTQ status, geography, and other factors. These different dimensions of inequality are often difficult to appreciate, especially when we do not experience them firsthand. An artwork can change this. An artwork can force us to confront the significance of inequalities we often overlook. Submissions will be evaluated both for artistic merit and for how they explore issues related to the COMPAS theme.
This contest is open to:
- Graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled in a class in the Department of Art
- Grand Prize, $500
- Up to 3 awards of excellence, $250 each
- Up to 12 awards of distinction, $50 each
Exciting events going on this month with Fuse Factory, our local non-profit organization promoting electronic and digital arts. Check out the workshops (many free for OSU students) and the exhibition Anthropocene, opening Saturday, Nov 19 at the Pearl Conrad Art Gallery in Mansfield, Ohio. 6 – 9pm.
Art and Tech alumnus Doo-Sung Yoo directed the exhibition and brought in Internationally-known artists, Victoria Vesna, Paul Catanese, and Matt Kenyon to jury the show.
Big congrats to all the Art and Tech alumni involved!
· Bill Randall, presenting artwork in the exhibition
· Andrew Frueh, presenting a workshop on 3D printing
· Jessica Ann, presenting a workshop on Electronic Art & Arduino
· Christopher Summers, presenting a workshop on Virtual Reality
· John Cairns, presenting a workshop on Video Projection Mapping
More info: http://thefusefactory.org/2016_ffe/
Apply to the Masters of Fine Art, emphasis in Art & Technology, at the Ohio State University
MFA students in Art develop their practices within and beyond the context of seven studio areas: art and technology, ceramics, glass, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students in the Art & Technology area take courses with 3 full-time faculty in Art & Technology, plus 20 more faculty across the Department of Art, including Ann Hamilton, recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Students benefit from affiliated faculty in Film Studies, Physics, the Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design (ACCAD), Architecture, Molecular Genetics and the Nanotech West Lab. Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary experimentation that forges connections to other departments is encouraged.
The curriculum balances intensive studio-based coursework with university electives. Our 3-year collaborative MFA program offers its students an opportunity to extend and deepen their studio practices within the expanded context of a research university. The vast majority of our students are fully funded by Graduate Associateships (GAs) for all 3 years of study.
Each graduate student is provided with a private, or semi-private studio, as well as access to facilities dedicated to the production of interactive and robotic art, game art, large-format imaging, moving image art, and collaborative spaces for the development of new forms.
Deadline for International Students: November 30, 2016
Fellowship deadline for Domestic Students: December 31th, 2016
Deadline for all required application materials for Domestic applicants: January 31, 2017