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AGE OF WONDER
28 Mar-06 Apr 2014, Natlab, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion, which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed." Albert Einstein Living Mirror (2013), Age of Wonder, NatLab Eindhoven. Photo by Sas Schilten. The festival, Age of Wonder: the beauty and terror of progress, organised by Baltan Laboratories celebrated 100 years of successful interdisciplinary innovation and research at the birth place of Philips research centre known as NatLab (founded 1914). Although the research centre has since moved, the buildings where NatLab was once located has been transformed into a centre for culture and interdisciplinary activities...
ART AND INNOVATION: THE FUTURE OF INTERDISCIPLINARITY
19 Mar 2014, Auditorium Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
"Interdisciplinarity is what we need, is often suggested. An approach that does not promote pigeonholing, but that takes the idea that innovation depends on bridging disciplines as its starting point. By itself, this ideal of interdisciplinarity in the context of innovation is not a new one. The emergence of mono-disciplines and hyper-specialization has been criticized extensively. But what makes more recent debates on the matter particularly interesting is this idea that art and artistic practice play an important role in innovation."  Press release: Art and Innovation: The Future of Interdisciplinarity (2014) Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands As an interdisciplinary artist, C-LAB's Howard Boland was an invited panelist in the Art and Innovation: Th...
LIVING MIRROR
03 03-16 Dec 2013, Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
LIVING MIRROR is an interactive art installation that attempts to produce real-time images by taking advantage of magnetic bacteria’s light scattering properties and exposing these to alternating magnetic fields. Unique to these bacteria are their ability to swim along Earth’s magnetic field and when they are introduced to a changing (magnetic) field, they rotate synchronically causing the light to scatter as a visible shimmer inside liquid.   By taking pixel values from darker and lighter areas in captured images LIVING MIRROR attempts to programmatically harmonises hundreds of lights pulses to re-represent the image inside a liquid culture. As a liquid biological mirror, LIVING MIRROR draws on the idea of water as our first interface predating today’s s...
TERRA 0
08 08-17 Nov 2013, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2013, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong
Terra nullius is an expression in international law that refers to a “virgin territory” an unoccupied land, one that never has been claimed by a state. In the age of ubiquitous global surveillance apparatus and civilian satellites, virtually no territory within mankind’s reach remains untainted by personal or national ownership. There are only a few exceptions, namely parts of Antarctica, the international sea, and the outer space. The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 declares that all celestial bodies are immune to claims of sovereignty. What then, beyond the capitalist bodies logic of resources acquisition and profitable scientific advances, continues to fuel our extraterrestrial ambitions? Samson Young, Board of Director, Microwave The Martian Rose (2007/9), C-LAB, Microwave...
GROW YOUR OWN
25 Oct-19 Jan 2014, Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland
C-LAB's Howard Boland was invited to present Banana Bacteria (previously shown at the first ever public art exhibition featuring living genetically modified organisms in the UK at the Royal Institute) as part of the GROW YOUR OWN exhibition at Science Gallery in Dublin featuring a range of artworks and events aimed at highlighting the potentially ground-breaking applications and uncertain implications of synthetic life.   Banana Bacteria is a living transgenic olfactory display where the foul smell of E.coli bacteria is exchanged with the sweet smell of banana.  These bacteria have been genetically altered by removing a gene responsible for the foul smell and adding a genetic design that enable bacteria to synthetically produce banana oil...
THE FUTURE OF ART-SCIENCE COLLABORATIONS
07 07-11 Oct 2013, Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
Future of Art-Science Collaborations workshop was aimed at elaborating on current and potential future models, roles and structures of art-science collaborations. It invited leading researchers and practitioners to critically negotiate the often difficult meeting point between disciplines through an intensive week-long workshop and excursions to various art-science events held at institutes around the Netherlands. C-LAB’s Howard Boland was invited to partake in the workshop to explore modes of art-science interactions.  A collaboration with key Dutch organisations including Waag Society, the Royal Academy of Arts, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, The Arts & Genomics Centre, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, ...
AMOLF OPEN DAY
05 Oct 2013, FOM Institute AMOLF, Science Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
In December 2013, artists Howard Boland and Laura Cinti of C-LAB together with Bela Mulder and Tom Shimizu of FOM Institute AMOLF, a world-class biophysics institute, won the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award (DA4GA) to develop LIVING MIRROR - a bacterial imaging system.  This involved the two artists relocating to AMOLF to undertake a five-month residency.   LIVING MIRROR is an interactive art installation that attempts to produce real-time images by taking advantage of magnetic bacteria’s light scattering properties and exposing these to alternating magnetic fields. Unique to these bacteria are their ability to swim along Earth’s magnetic field and when they are introduced to a changing (magnetic) field, they rotate synchronically causing the light...
NOT INVENTED BY NATURE: HELMHOLTZ INITIATIVE SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
15 Sep-04 Oct 2013, German Cancer Research Center - DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany
As part of Not Invented by Nature, organised by the Helmholtz Initiative Synthetic Biology, C-LAB’s Howard Boland was invited to undertake a four week experimental laboratory residency at German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg.   The residency outcome will be exhibited at the BioQuant Centre in Heidelberg within the framework of the international research symposium Synthetic Biology – from understanding to application on December 9 - 11, 2013. Howard’s project - Cellular Propeller - explores what he calls the fourth domain of synthetic biology where bio matter become mobilised to perform novel behaviours - unintended by nature.   During his residency at DKFZ, he developed a series of small scaffolds with the intention of m...
ARTSCIENCE TALKSHOW
14 Sep 2013, Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
As part of the Night of Art & Science festival, where museums and venues in Leiden open their doors for the evening, the ArtScience Talkshow organised by The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT) and Waag Society was hosted at Raamsteeg2. The live talkshow featured winners of the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award (DA4GA) and focused on the collaborative aspect between the artists and science institutes making up each team. Speakers included Howard Boland & Laura Cinti of C-LAB with Bela Mulder of FOM Institute AMOLF, Charlotte Jarvis with Christian Freund and Harold Mikkers of Leiden University Medical Center, and Haseeb Ahmed with Jos Kleinjans of Netherlands Toxico-Genomics Center...
DA4GA OPENING EXHIBITION
14 Sep-15 Dec 2013, Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
The Designers and Artist for Genomics Award (DA4GA) is an annual art-science international competition where selected artists produce new works in collaboration with some of Netherland's most prestigious scientific research institutes. In December 2013, Howard Boland and Laura Cinti of C-LAB together with Bela Mulder of FOM Institute AMOLF, a world-class biophysics institute, won the DA4GA to develop LIVING MIRROR - bacterial imaging system. This involved the two artist relocating to FOM Institute AMOLF to undertake a five-month residency.    DA4GA is an initiative of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative and Waag Society, sponsored by CSG Centre for Society and the Life Sciences and presented by Naturalis Biodiversity Centre at Raamsteeg2, the former home...
ART-SCIENCE TALK
24 Aug 2013, Art Laboratory Berlin, Germany
C-LAB was invited by curators Desiree Förster and Daniela Silvestrin to give a talk on our recent research and art practice in bio art and synthetic biology at Art Laboratory Berlin - an interdisciplinary art space run by Christian de Lutz and Regine Rapp hosting a variety of exhibitions and events in emerging art practices. In spite of it being a hot day, the event brought in a great crowd that made for interesting discussions. Opening the event were the directors of Art Laboratory Berlin, Regine and Christian, who gave an introduction to the space, their activities, interest in the art-science genre and the importance of looking at art-science engagements. Desiree introduced C-LAB and Berlin-based biohacker Rüdiger Trojok and highlighted the i...
SPEED DEBATE ON SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND NEURO-ETHICS
31 Jul 2013, Print Room Cafe, UCL, London, UK
C-LAB joins UCL iGEM 2013 to speed debate future prospects of using synthetic biology to combat neurological diseases and enhance the brain. UCL iGEM's project this year will build a genetic circuit that can be used to remove placks and help stablise nerve cells as a method for curing Alzheimer's disease. Speakers included president of Synthetic Biology Society at UCL Philipp Böing, C-LAB's Howard Boland, iGEM member Alex Bates and Shirley Nurock, coordinator of the London Area Research Network. Andy Cheng, this year's iGEM coordinator, chaired of the event and laid out the ground rules for debates and the night's programme. Philipp provided a background to what iGEM is and what it means to build standardised genetic components...
YOUNG SYNTHETIC BIOLOGISTS - YSB 1.0
12 Jul 2013, Wellcome Trust, London , UK
C-LAB's Howard Boland was invited by the Synthetic Biology Society to give a workshop on bio art and synthetic biology art practices for the Young Synthetic Biologist (YSB) conference for UK iGEM teams (the annual international Genetically Engineered Machine competition) at the Wellcome Trust. The inaugural YSB conference was attended by students from UK iGEM University teams, High School teams, Entrepreneurial teams, UK Arts & Science Prize and OpenLabTools. Howard's workshop began with students grouping up to lay down some their preconceived ideas of what bio art might be and citing examples of such practice.   After presenting and discussing their ideas, Howard gave a talk on one way of understanding how bio art operates and its practices, after whic...
EN VIE / ALIVE
26 Apr-01 Sep 2013, Espace Fondation EDF, Paris, France
The exhibition, En vie / Alive - New Design Frontiers at the Espace Fondation EDF, provided a glimpse into the diverse array of ‘living technologies’ and the extent these biologically fabricated designs influence our relationship to nature.  Curated by Carole Collet, her underlying curatorial principle was "to examine whether design-led ‘living technology’ can lead to a new form of high-tech sustainability." The exhibition, presenting over 30 projects, was divided into five themes: The Plagiarists: (Nature as a model), The New Artisans: (Nature as a co-worker), The Bio-Hackers: (Reprogrammed, ‘synthetic’ nature), The New Alchemists: (Hybridised nature), and The Agents Provocateurs: (Conceptualised and imagined nature)...
DO IT TOGETHER BIO #5: SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY ART
24 Apr 2013, Waag Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
As part of Waag’s “Do it Together Bio” series, C-LAB was invited to hold a workshop related to our work using synthetic biology. The workshop was held at De Waag, one of the oldest building in Amsterdam and where Rembrandt famously painted The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1632).  Genetic modification (GM) is an almost inherent feature of synthetic biology practices and an immediate challenge for the workshop since the premises did not hold a GM permit. Thus, our workshop was aimed at highlighting these issues also given that our current work Living Mirror is facing precisely these challenges of publicly exhibiting genetically engineering bacteria as part of our artistic display in the Neth...
ART FROM SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY
08 08-12 Apr 2013, The Royal Institute of Great Britain, London, UK
Art from Synthetic Biology is the cumulation of a doctoral research using synthetic biology and genetics in art production. As the first public art exhibition featuring living genetically modified microorganisms in the UK, it represents a milestone in bio art practices and highlights the challenges of putting such matter on display. The exhibition was hosted at the Royal Institution of Great Britain with a special evening event held on the 10th of April 2013. Howard Boland spent three years immersed in an independent laboratory practice adopting scientific tools, protocols and methods of synthetic biology. Seven selected works from various stages of his research were shown and highlighted how the practice developed towards an increasingly complex relationship with the material (e.g...
EVAPORATION OF THINGS
13 13-14 Mar 2013, Inspace, Edinburgh, Scotland
How do we speak of a ‘thing’ as our understanding of material artefacts increasingly slip into immaterial data? Organised by Maria Grade Godinho and Chris Speed of the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, the Centre for Design Informatics and New Media Scotland, the Evaporation of Things was a symposium accompanied by an exhibition of objects looking at the transient states between data and biological materiality. The two-day conference featured talks by a variety of artists and scientists on the many unknowns, conundrums and discoveries prompted by practices that map and extrapolate data through and from the living. The event was hosted at the University of Edinburgh’s Inspace, a new media laboratory functioning as a platform for both talks and exhibitions...
DESIGNERS & ARTISTS 4 GENOMICS AWARD CEREMONY
06 Dec 2012, Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands
As one of the three recipient of the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award, Howard Boland & Laura Cinti (C-LAB) are collaborating with FOM-Institute AMOLF, a leading biophysics institute focusing on biomolecular systems, to produce a Living Mirror - an interactive biodisplay that combines magnetic bacteria, electronics and photo manipulation to capture living portraits of individuals.  Photo © Waag Society More photos of the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award from Waag Society's photostream.
MUTAMORPHOSIS: TRIBUTE TO UNCERTAINTY
06 06-08 Dec 2012, New Stage of the National Theatre & Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
Five years after the first Mutamorphosis: Challenging Arts and Sciences (2007) held in tandem with the Enter 3 festival, the 2012 Mutamorphosis: Tribute to Uncertainty revisited 'art-science-society' themes exploring 'mutant futures'. The conference was organised by Pavel Sedlak (CIANT) along with Pavel Smetana (CIANT), Roger Malina (Leonardo), Louise Bec (CIANT) and Roy Ascott (Planetary Collegium).  More photographs here. The conference proved a great place for art-science practitioners and stakeholders to connect or reconnect  - such as with those from Mutamorphosis I (2007), Subtle Technologies (2012), Bio Art (2005) & Synthetic Biology (2011) Workshops.  Divided into 21 streams, microthemes were put forward by 28 attractors that included Vegetal Sensoria, ...
SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY SOCIETY KICK OFF EVENT
03 Dec 2012, Bentham B01 Main Lecture Theatre, UCL, London, UK
UCL's Synthetic Biology Society (SynBioSoc), founded by Phillip Boeing, is a synthetic biology student community based at UCL.  Its Kick-off event featured talks by C-LAB's Howard Boland, Dr Chris Barnes, Sean Ward, Tom Folliard, Dr Darren Nesbeth and the award-winning presentation by UCL 2012 iGEM team.  Art from Synthetic Biology, by Howard Boland, C-LAB In Howard's research, he asks how artists can appropriate synthetic biology towards art production and discussed the challenges involved in exhibiting such living matter. Introducing Synthace – a synthetic biology startup, by Sean Ward With the introduction of iGEM Entrepreneurship, Sean Ward, a successful entrepreneur of a synthetic biology start-up, provided useful insights into the sort of products and b...
RE-NEW DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL
19 19-22 Nov 2012, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
The annual Re-New Digital Arts Festival (2012) presented a selection of the artworks in digital and bio-cybernetic art with a particular focus on sound-based works. Howard Boland (C-LAB) was invited as an exhibiter and speaker in the accompanying IMAC 2012 Conference themed "Cybernetics revisited - towards a third order?". The intention was to show and discuss the work Stress-o-stat (2011) involving genetically modified bacteria producing light during stress. Unfortunately, a few weeks prior to the festival I was notified that the work was deemed illegal in Denmark (image above). The conference included keynotes speakers Lanfranco Aceti (image above), Andrew Pickering, Paul Thomas and Roy Ascott...
CAGE RATTLING #1: KILL SWITCH
29 Oct 2012, Kings Place, London, UK
Celebrating the 100th birthday of the American composer John Cage, Cage Rattling #1: Kill Switch was a coming together of themes from biology, anarchistic movements and music to deliberate ideas that expand upon his legacy. The ‘Kill Switch’, a reference taken from synthetic biology whereby it is possible to engineer mechanisms leading to cells’ death, indicates a timed event of entry and exit central to Cage’s method.   50 second excerpt of Howard Boland's (C-LAB) talk.  C-LAB participated through an exhibit and talk on synthetic biology in particular by sharing the work Stress-o-stat which operated not only in a sonic context through its allure to a life support system but also in the use of a genetic switch - not to kill but to highlight a change o...
RIGHT OR RISK? WORLD'S FIRST PUBLIC BIOBRICK
24 Sep 2012, Grant Museum of Zoology, London, UK
Risk or Right? - the Worlds first Public BioBrick: Exploring Public Access to the Tools of Synthetic Biology. As part of UCL iGEM’s advisory team, C-LAB helped orchestrate the event at the Grants Museum of Zoology providing a rich fusion of components to disseminate what happens when we invite biohackers to the field of synthetic biology.   Philipp Boeing (UCL iGEM) welcoming and introducing the evening with Howard Boland (C-LAB) and the London Hackspace.   The smashing cocktails by mixologist Haralambos Dayantis with James Rutley (UCL iGEM)A molecular cocktail bar had been set up with stacks of polystyrene boxes filled with dry ice as a makeshift freezer serving spectacular and delicously strong drinks such as 'The Ginger Gene', 'Craig Venter’s Cherry ...
SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY SPEED DEBATE
07 Aug 2012, Richard Mully Basement Bar Lewis Building, UCL, London, UK
Following in venacular from its previous debate Synthetic Biology: Machine or Life? (UCL iGEM 2011) at the Science Museum's Dana Centre, a diverse audience had again gathered for the UCL iGEM 2012 debate: Synthetic Biology: Speed Debating aimed at a more intimate and interactive conversation on the topic of releasing genetically engineered organisms to clean up plastic pollution in the pacific ocean. Plastic Sea. Photo Source: Coastal wiki This year, the project - PLASTIC REPUBLIC - proposes to tackle plastic pollution in the ocean through bioremediation, engineering bacteria to clump together increasingly bigger bits of plastic to form artificial islands. The speed debate evening provided an opportunity to discuss whether plastic pollution should be tackled by genetically modif...
GRADUATE SCHOOL LAUNCH
21 Jun 2012, University of Westminster, London, UK
The launch of the Graduate School was celebrated by showcasing innovative research from doctoral candidates and recently completed projects at University's Old Cinema in Regent Street, London.  Left: Video still of Transient Images. Right: Poster with description research.  Howard Boland (C-LAB), showed works developed through his transdisciplinary art-science research titled: Art from Synthetic Biology. The research involves a daily laboratory practice and investigates artistic potentials in synthetic biology and bacteria.  For instance, capturing stress in living organisms as light or producing images by having bacteria degrade dye.  Videos included Stress-o-stat, Transient Images, Banana Bacteria, Bacteria Compass and Sludge Bacteria...
ARTISTS IN LABORATORIES
04 04-07 Jun 2012, Resonance 104.4 FM, London, UK
Howard Boland, katE - Visualising Stress (2011) As part of Regine Debatty's (We Make Money Not Art) art, science & technology radio show on Resonance 104.4FM titled, #A.I.L - artists in laboratories, C-LAB's Howard Boland spoke about current research with magnetic nanoparticles and synthetic biology projects. Listen to WMMNA radio interview broadcasts on Resonance 104.4FM (click on play button) Regine: "You seem to be particularly taken with using synthetic biology to explore the world of bacteria these days. Can you tell us what makes bacteria so fascinating to you and which experiments and artworks you've developed using bacteria?"  Howard: "So synthetic biology and bacteria are quite interconnected in my research. The bacteria I use are E...
SUBTLE TECHNOLOGIES
24 24-27 May 2012, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
C-LAB was invited to present its recent artistic development using synthetic biology and nanotechnology at Subtle Technologies Festival, an internationally recognised annual event presenting works by artists and scientists at the leading edge of their respective disciplines. It includes a symposium, performances, workshops, screenings, exhibitions and networking sessions to establish a forum to explore ideas and pose questions at the intersections of art, science and technology.  The first day themed Art, technology & science ideas, began with a speed-networking session that proved an efficient way of meeting festival delegates. Following this, Heather Barnett, Joshua Dinsmore, Melissa Fisher and John Smith of University of Westminster introduced us to the&nbs...
THE TWO CULTURES: VISUAL ART AND THE SCIENCES C.1800-2011
26 Apr 2012, Bowland Lecture Theatre, University of York, UK
The Two Cultures: Visual Art & Science conference, organised by the Department of History of Art at the University of York, asked how the cultural divide between art and science is changing with current practitioners. C.P Snows declared in 1959 a growing gap between the humanities and the natural sciences pointing to what he called the Two Cultures. Art historians provided an interesting and diverse set of papers on topics covering: the role of scientific models in post-war popular TV (Emily Candela, RCA), the visual culture surrounding Rosalind Franklin's 'Photo 51' (Camilla Mørk Røstvik, Manchester), connections between heavenly bodies and the astronomical drawings of Éthienne Léopold Trouvelot (Ros Holmes, Oxford), and influences of Modern Physi...
C-LAB PREMIERS LIVING SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY WORKS AT TECHFEST 2012
02 02-08 Jan 2012, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India
C-LAB kicks off 2012 by arriving in Mumbai, India to exhibit three living artworks using synthetic biology and nanotechnology.  The annual exhibition is Asia’s largest international science and technology festival and held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay under the patronage of UNESCO.The exhibition, with an estimate of over 95,000 visitors, provides an enormous exposure and a challenge for exhibitors simply overwhelmed and outnumbered. Over one hundred exhibits were displayed with a focus on robotics and artificial intelligence. C-LAB was invited to showcase its research and selected three new exhibits aimed at opening the audience to art involving living synthetic biology and nanotechnology...
ANTÓNIO CARAMELO'S DREAMING OF A BUTTERFLY
04 Nov-31 Jan 2012, Bishop's Square, Spitalfields, London, UK
C-LAB completes the second phase of the European Public Art Centre (EPAC) with the opening of the Portugese work of António Caramelo's Dreaming of a Butterfly in Bishop's square Spitalfields in London.  This interactive artwork uses surrounding sounds (from audience) to trigger movement of the butterflies inside. The Portugese artists, António Caramelo, setting up the work in Bishop's Square. A small opening was held on the square celebrating the work and exchange of art between European partners. This second phase of the project involving C-LAB (UK), Ectopia (Portugal) and the Finnish Bioart Society (Finland). Last month Finland received the UK artwork Bee Box by Anne Brodie. Caramelo provides the audience with a contemplation of the real...
SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: MACHINE OR LIFE?
20 Oct 2011, Dana Centre, Science Museum, London, UK
Finalising UCL’s iGEM activities for 2011 was the art-meets-science event focusing on synthetic biology at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre in London as part of the London Science Festival programme. The event included a panel discussion organised by UCL iGEM and a series of video screenings liaised by Laura Cinti (C-LAB) . Howard Boland, Stress-o-stat (2011) The discussion panel with talks by Philipp Boeing (UCL iGEM 2011), Dr Joe Cain (UCL), Howard Boland (C-LAB) and Dr Brendan Clarke (UCL) looked at how synthetic biology operates as part of the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM), scientifically and in socio-political contexts...
ANNE BRODIE'S BEE BOX
01 Sep-01 Nov 2011, Bishop's Square, Spitalfields, London, UK
As a debut for C-LAB's international curatorial activities, C-LAB is delighted to present Anne Brodie’s new work Bee Box on Bishop’s Square, Spitalfields, London. Bee Box was commissioned and selected by C-LAB to represent the UK node as part of the European Public Art Centre (EPAC), a collaborative engagement between organisations across Europe with the aim to exhibit art-science artworks in urban outdoor public settings.   The Bee Box reminds us of the invisible disappearance of our pollinators.  Bees, like us, form communities of workers capable of  generating intelligent social interactions. Brodie offers a poetic reflection on the fragility of these communities.
EUROPEAN PUBLIC ART CENTRE: EPAC
26 Aug-31 Jan 2012, London, Helsinki, Riga, Lisbon, Tallin, Lodz, Reykjavik, Barcelona and Radviliškis
The European Public Art Centre (EPAC) is a collaborative engagement between organisations across Europe focusing on intersections between art, science and society.  It consists of nine outdoor exhibition spaces established in participating countries that include UK, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Lithuania and Iceland.  The stands are installed in nine public spaces hosting artworks as part of establishing the first ever Europe-wide contemporary art venue. Anne Brodie, 'Bee Box', 2011, London, UK (photo: C-LAB) As the UK representation C-LAB presented award-winning UK artist Anne Brodie's Bee Box on 1st September 2011 on Bishop’s Square, Spitalfields, London...
SYNTHESIS: SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY IN ART & SOCIETY
04 04-09 Jul 2011, UCL, London, UK
The use of wet engineering technology offers unprecedented possibilities of ‘designing life’ to create novel living devices. Synthesis: synthetic biology in art & society focused on Synthetic Biology - an emerging field utilising engineering principles to assemble new functions in biological systems. Laura Cinti (c-lab) was invited to take part in a six-day intensive exchange laboratory alongside: artists (Melanie Jackson, Anne Brodie, Helen Bullard, Jennet Thomas, Nathan Cohen, Sneha Solanki, Katy Connor and Orkan Telhan); architects (Veronika Valk, Niccolo Casas and Thiago Soveral), a curator (JD Talasek who was there in spirit), social scientist (Joy Yueyue Zhang), bioinformatics (Irilenia Nobelli), systems and synthetic biologist (Elisa Dominguez Huttinger); philosophe...
CABI OFFICIAL OPENING
13 Apr 2011, UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging, London, UK
The UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI), a new multidisciplinary research centre for experimental biomedical imaging, was officially opened by the Provost and President of UCL, Malcolm Grant. As part of this opening, Laura Cinti presented her Nanomagnetic Plants publicly for the first time. These plants show slight movement when an external magnet is positioned close to them. Her experimental art practice was developed in an interdisciplinary capacity with the centre.
VIVA EXPERIHIBITION
04 04-14 Jan 2011, Slade Research Centre, UCL, London, UK
Private exhibition showcasing experimental artworks developed as part of Laura Cinti's PhD at UCL, Slade School of Fine Art in interdisciplinary capacity with Centre of Advanced Biomedical Imaging.  This interdisciplinary art practice-related research focuses on the complexities in recognising plant behaviour by highlighting the discrepancies between our daily experiences of plants, where they appear passive, and contemporary scientific findings that reveal sensorial features. Historically, plants’ relative immobility and apparently insensate behaviour have marginalised their mode of being. The research provides a mapping of this problem and further establishes a theoretical body around plant visualisation strategies using various interfaces to reveal plants as perceptive...
DIGITAL MATTER RESEARCH FORUM
16 Nov 2010, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, UK
The UCL Digital Humanities Excursion to the Slade involved a series of presentations from artists/researchers at the Slade working with digital matter as part of their practice.     Jon Thomson (Thomson & Craighead) presented two works created from live online data; one a 'narrative  documentary artwork' titled A Short Film About War and the other, London Wall, a 'poetic snapshot of social networking traffic'.   Lilah Fowler showed images of her sculptures created using computer aided design (CAD) and rapid prototyping. Martin John Callanan presented his work, A Planetary Order (Terrestrial Cloud Globe), a sculpture depicting earth's cloud cover on precisely the 2 February 2009 at 0600 UTC...
BIOART FORUM
17 May 2010, School of Life Sciences, Molecular and Applied Biosciences, University of Westminster, London, UK
The bioart session organised by Howard Boland (c-lab) was divided into 3 stages to give participants hands-on experiences, show breadth of practitioners and discuss critical aspects linked to these practices. The session was part of a PhD forum that aims to develop critical discussions on theory and research practices between The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) and The Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster. A laboratory session was held prior to the discussion at the department of Molecular and Applied Biosciences where participants were invited to see and experience techniques, materials and instruments used in genetic engineering and synthetic biology...
INTO THE LABS
18 Dec 2009, School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London, UK.
As part of a series of new research engagements stretching back around 3 years, c-lab has entered into two new fields of art-science engagements. The first looks at sensoriality and plants, whilst the other descends upon synthetic biology working with bacteria. The latter, synthetic biology, recently saw its first steps into a university lab exploring techniques towards designing new interactive systems. The research situates its daily practice in a microbiology laboratory amongst PhD research students and post-docs from the biosciences. As a novel deployment of  art-science practices at the University a fruitful exchange between the two fields emerge from a unique contact point of unfamiliarity. Joint supervision between the arts and sciences is instrumental...
(UN)INHABITABLE? – ART OF EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS
08 Sep-11 Oct 2009, Festival @rt Outsiders 2009, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
(Un)Inhabitable? - Art of Extreme Environments is the 10th anniversary of the @rt outsiders festival curated by Jean-Luc Soret and Annick Bureaud. The 2009 exhibition looks at how artists negotiate the meaning of ‘inhabiting the extreme’ and how also ‘the extreme inhabits us’. Howard Boland and Laura Cinti (c-lab), The Martian Rose 2009, Photo: MOR Howard Boland and Laura Cinti (c-lab) presented a new addition of their work The Martian Rose, supported by the @rts Outsiders, by conducting an experiment/performance leading up to the exhibition. The work bring us in direct contact with the Martian Environment by exposing roses to the harsh conditions of Mars through the use of a planetary simulation chamber...
 
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