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Laura Cinti

Dr Laura Cinti  is a research-based artist working with biology, co-founder and co-director of C-LAB - a transdisciplinary bio art collective and organisation. 

C-LAB has been invited to range of international conferences, exhibitions and continues to contribute in publications to broker discussions on the intersections of art and science.

Laura has been involved in art projects, exhibitions and workshops with support from the European Commission, scientific institutes, pharmaceutical companies, councils, universities, cultural institutes and commercial partners.

Laura has a PhD from UCL (Slade School of Fine Art in interdisciplinary capacity with UCL Centre of Biomedical Imaging), a Masters in Interactive Media: Critical Theory & Practice (Distinction) from Goldsmiths College, University of London and BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class) from University of Hertfordshire.
 


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

BEYOND Biennale (2014)
Discovery Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Alt_Cph 14, Assemble (2014)
The Factory for Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark

FLORAXFAUNA (2014)
(WO)MANORIAL, Dallas, Texas, USA

Age of Wonder (2014) 
Natlab, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Terra 0 (2013)
Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong  

DA4GA (2013)
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Raamsteeg 2, Leiden, Netherlands

En Vie/Alive (2013) 
Espace Fondation EDF, Paris, France

Evaporation of Things (2013)
Inspace, Edinburgh, Scotland

Techfest (2012)
IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India

CABI Official Opening by Provost & President of UCL (2011)
UCL Centre of Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI), UCL, London, UK

The Sensorial Invisibility of Plants (2011)
Slade Research Centre, UCL, London, UK

(Un)Inhabitable? - Art of Extreme Environments (2009)
Festival @rt Outsiders 2009, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

Transient Creatures (2008)
Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2008, Hong Kong, China

Unsafe Distance (2007)
3rd International Festival for the Arts, Sciences and Technologies, Stone Bell House, Prague, Czech Republic

Bios 4. Arte Biotecnológico Y Ambiental (2007)
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain

Dias De Bioart (2007)
Espacio de Consulta en Bioarte, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain 

Today In Paradise :: Genetics & Arts (2005) 
Mobileart 05, Göteborg New Media Art Festival - Göteborg, Sweden


SELECTED TALKS, LECTURES & WORKSHOPS

Guest Lecture: Bio Art & Synthetic Biology
MA Art & Science, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK

Art and Science talk with C-LAB
Art Laboratory Berlin, Germany 

Do It Together Bio #5: Synthetic Biology Art (2013)
Waag Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mutamorphosis: Tribute to Uncertainity (2012)
New Stage of the National Theatre & Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

International Media Arts Conference IMAC (2012)
Copenhagen, Denmark (Declined) 

Subtle Technologies: Where Art and Science Meet (2012)
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Guest Lecture (2011)
Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging, UCL, London, UK

Digital Matter Research Forum, UCL Digital Excursion (2011)
Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, UK

Less Remote: Futures of Space Exploration (2008)
International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Glasgow, Scotland

Theorie cum Praxi (2008)
Workshop on the materiality of AV theory-practice in Fine Art PhD research, Slade Research Centre, UCL, London, UK

Telling Places: Narratives and Identity in Art & Architecture (2007)
The Slade Research Centre, London, UK

Mutamorphosis: Challenging Arts & Sciences (2007) 
International Centre for Art and New Technologies (CIANT), Prague, Czech Republic

Biorama (2007)
Digital Research Unit, Huddersfield, UK

An Encounter with Biotechnological & Environmental Art (2007)
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain

Guest Lecture: Bio Art, Explorations of Hybrid Spaces (2006)     
Goldsmiths College, London, UK

Official Launch of the Arts & Genomic Centre (2005)
University of Leiden, The Netherlands     

Transgenic Art Forum (2005) 
Edinburgh International Science Festival, Scotland

Göteborg New Media Art Festival Symposium (2005)
Valand School of Fine Arts, Göteborg, Sweden

Guest Lecture: The Mexico Project (2004)
Goldsmiths College, London, UK

Guest Lecture: The Cactus Project (2002) 
University of Hertfordshire, London, UK

 

SELECTED AUTHORED PUBLICATIONS

The Sensorial Invisibility of Plants: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry through Bio Art and Plant Neurobiology  
Leonardo Abstract Services (LABS) 2010-2011, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Leonardo Journal, MIT Press, December 2011

The Sensorial Invisibility of Plants
Leonardo Thinks, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Leonardo Journal, MIT Press, October 2011

The Mexico Project - An Ecological Invasion 
Oritur, Ivan Henriques, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten / Verbeke Gallery, 2011

The Sensorial Invisibility of Plants: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry through Bio Art and Plant Neurobiology
Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London), April 2011

The Martian Rose
Leonardo, Vol. 42, No. 2, April 2009

The Sensorial Invisibility of Plants: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry through Bio Art and Plant Neurobiology
Sophia, Issue 2, February 2009

The Martian Rose
Multi: The RIT Journal of Plurality and Diversity in Design, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 2008

The Martian Rose
Mutamorphosis: Challenging Arts and Sciences, Conference Proceedings, CIANT, International Centre for Art and New Technologies, 2007

Glassbody: Reflecting on Becoming Transparent
Education Pack, Athletes of the Heart, February 2006 

 

SELECTED INTERVIEWS

The Sensorial Invisibility of Plants (2014)
Amber Stucke, The Learned Pig 

Interview with C-LAB (2013)
Metropop, Issue 381, 21 November 2013, p. 130, Hong Kong

The Martian Rose - Microwave Festival (2013)
Art News, Arts Promotion News Network, Hong Kong 

The Living Mirror (2013)
Régine Debatty, We Make Money Not Art (http://we-make-money-not-art.com)

Ruže z Marsu (2007) 
Ceska Televise Port TV (Interview for Czech Television)

Interview with Laura Cinti & Howard Boland (2007) 
Régine Debatty, We Make Money Not Art (http://we-make-money-not-art.com)

Sztuka, jakiej nie znamy (2004)
Olga Sobolewska, Wiedza i Zycie, Warsaw, Poland 

"Cactus Project", Een Transgeen Kunstwerk (2004)
Jan Vandorpe, Succulenta, Issue 04, Netherlands

Laura Cinti: Le monde entier est un cactus (2004)
Esther Quintero, Les Mutants, France 

Art, but Not as we know it (2004)
New Scientist, UK



CURATORIAL PROJECTS

Art from Synthetic Biology
Premiering UK's first living genetic and synthetic biology art exhibition
8 – 12 April 2013
The Royal Institute of Great Britain, London, UK

The Emigration 
Martynas Gaubas
4 March 2012 – 4 May 2012
Bishop’s Square, Spitalfields, London, UK

Dreaming of a Butterfly
Antonio Caramelo4 November 2011 – 18 February 2012
Bishop’s Square, Spitalfields, London, UK

Synthetic Biology: Machine or Life? 
20 October 2011
Dana Centre, Science Museum, London, UK

Bee Box
Anne Brodie
1 September – 1 November 2011
Bishop’s Square, Spitalfields, London, UK

Telling Places: Narrative and Identity in Art & Architecture 
5-7 December 2007
Slade Research Centre, London, UK

 

SELECTED COURSES/WORKSHOPS

Invited Artist: Synthesis: Synthetic Biology in Art and Society (2011) 
The Arts Catalyst, UCL, Synthetic Aesthetics & SymbioticA 
6-day intensive exchange laboratory funded by Wellcome Trust Art Award

Optical Microscopy (2008) 
Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL
Optical microscopy workshop in wet laboratory settings at research level

The Life of Plants (2008)
Second year undergraduate course module, Research Department of Genetics, Environment and Evolution, UCL

Systems Thinking (2008)
Department of Space & Climate Physics, UCL

Nominated & selected artist: Roche Continents (2007)  
Roche and Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria
Week long workshop exploring common grounds of creativity and innovation in the arts and science funded by Roche

Introduction to Bacteriological Methods (2006) 
Royal Free & University College Medical School, London, UK
Laboratory workshops engaging with recombinant practices at research level

Selected Artist: The Biotech Art Workshop (2005) 
SymbioticA & The Arts Catalyst, Kings College, London, UK

 

SELECTED BOOK PUBLICATIONS FEATURING ARTWORKS

World of Art: Sculpture Now 
Anna Moszynska, Thames and Hudson, 2013

Green Light, Towards an Art of Evolution 
George Gessert, MIT Press, USA, 2010

This Mortal Flesh: Incarnation and Bioethics 
Brent Waters, Brazos Press, USA, 2009

An [Un]Likely Alliance: Thinking Environment[S] With Deleuze/Guattari 
Paul Lewis, ‘The Edge Effect: Art, Science, and Ecology in a Deleuzian Century’, Bernd Herzogenrath (ed), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2008

Ethics and the Visual Arts
Gail Levin, Elaine A. King, Allworth Press, USA, 2007

NEXT
Michael Crichton, Harper Collins Publishers, London, UK/New York, USA, 2006

Det Menneskelige Eksperiment
Gert Balling & Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Museum Tusculanums Forlag, Copenhagen University, Denmark, 2006

Art et Biotechnologies
L. Poissant, E. Daubner, Presses de l’Universite du Quebec, Canada, 2005

Bioart: Transformations Du Vivant 
E. Daubner, L. Poissant, Presses de l’Universite du Quebec, Canada, 2005

From Human to Posthuman  
Brent Waters, Ashgate, Hampshire UK/Burlington, USA, 2006

Verbeelding Van Wetenschap: Images of Science 
Drs. L. Hanssen, Deining Maatschappelijke Communicatie, Netherlands, 2004

The Molecular Gaze, Art in the Genetic Age
Suzanne Anker, Dorothy Nelkin, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, New York, USA, 2004


SELECTED REVIEWS & ARTICLES FEATURING ARTWORK

The Future of Science-Art Collaborations
Suzanne Anker, SciArt in America, December 2013, p 43.

Martian Rose at Microwave Festival 2013
TVB Pearl News, Hong Kong, 17 November 2013 

Microwave Festival 2013 Teaser
Microwave New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong, 4 November 2013 

Revealing the Sensorial World of Plants
Tanja Gesell and Marco Sealey, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna, Dissertation Reviews, November 2013 

Novel Artistic Expression Through Biotechnology
Lucia Lu, The Triple Helix Online, 26 November 2013

Alive: New Design Frontiers
Xie Hong, Art and Design, Vol. 164, China, August 2013.

Assembling an Aesthetic
Emily Candela, Current Opinion in Chemical Biology, Volume 17, Issue 3, USA, 2012

Met Huid en Haar
Louis Van Den Hengel, Abg #76, Amsterdam University Press, Netherlands, 2009

¿Pueden Los Gatos Electronicos Sonar Con Peces De Colores?
Catano Quinta, La Fresa, Contemporary Art Magazine, Malaga, Spain, 2007

A Rose on Mars is still a Rose
Wired Science, Wired, USA, 2007

Containing ET
Astrobiology Magazine, Nasa-Sponsored Online Science Magazine, Usa, 2007

Eurêka, L'Art Transgénique la Science au Service de L'Art
Scientific News Program, Aired on Vox Channel, Québec, Canada, 2007

Die Kac Storie
Insig Magazine, Cape Town, South Africa, 2007

Believe It or Not, Fake Biotech Firm Is Key Marketing Ploy for Crichton Novel
J. Trachtenberg & B. Steinberg, the Wall Street Journal, New York, USA, 2006

Featured Artist
Boog City Newspaper, Issue 32, New York, USA, 2006

Haarstraubend
Facts Das Scweizer Nachrichtenmagazin, Switzerland, 2005

The Artists in the Hazmat Suits
New York Times, New York, USA, 2005

Smile, You’re at the Science Festival
The Scotsman, Scotland, 2005

Hot from the Biology Lab Comes a Cactus With Hair
Scotland on Sunday, Scotland, 2005

Cactus Is Real Hair Raiser at Science Festival
Edinburgh Evening News, Scotland, 2005

Bioart – Nghe Thuat Moi Hay Chung Hoang Tuong?
Nhan Dan Newspaper, Vietnam, 2005

Konsten Skjuter in Sig Pågenkritik
Dagens Nyheter, Sweden, 2005

Vems Paradis Talar Vi Om?
Goteborgsposten, Sweden, 2005

Au Poil
Courrier International, Paris, France, 2005

Grow Your Own Wings
Bizarre Magazine, London, UK, 2005

Wildnis
Christoph Kuffer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland, 2004

Hot Sites - The Cactus Project: Genetoy
USA Today, Mclean, USA, 2004




Recent Events
LIVING MIRROR 03 03-16 Dec 2013 Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
TERRA 0 08 08-17 Nov 2013 Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2013, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong
GROW YOUR OWN 25 Oct-19 Jan 2014 Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland
THE FUTURE OF ART-SCIENCE COLLABORATIONS 07 07-11 Oct 2013 Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
AMOLF OPEN DAY 05 Oct 2013 FOM Institute AMOLF, Science Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NOT INVENTED BY NATURE: HELMHOLTZ INITIATIVE SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY 15 Sep-04 Oct 2013 German Cancer Research Center - DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany
ARTSCIENCE TALKSHOW 14 Sep 2013 Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
DA4GA OPENING EXHIBITION 14 Sep-15 Dec 2013 Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
ART-SCIENCE TALK 24 Aug 2013 Art Laboratory Berlin, Germany
SPEED DEBATE ON SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND NEURO-ETHICS 31 Jul 2013 Print Room Cafe, UCL, London, UK
YOUNG SYNTHETIC BIOLOGISTS - YSB 1.0 12 Jul 2013 Wellcome Trust, London , UK
EN VIE / ALIVE 26 Apr-01 Sep 2013 Espace Fondation EDF, Paris, France
DO IT TOGETHER BIO #5: SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY ART 24 Apr 2013 Waag Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ART FROM SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY 08 08-12 Apr 2013 The Royal Institute of Great Britain, London, UK
EVAPORATION OF THINGS 13 13-14 Mar 2013 Inspace, Edinburgh, Scotland
DESIGNERS & ARTISTS 4 GENOMICS AWARD CEREMONY 06 Dec 2012 Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands
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