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  • REGISTERED ART+SCIENCE LECTURES AND MEETINGS

    Latest news | 30-03-2020
    We have collected for you the most interesting registered lectures, meetings and discussion panels that have taken place at CCA ŁAŹNIA as part of the Art + Science Meeting programme since the beginning of the project in 2011. The events have been grouped by category.     LECTURES   Witold Libionka - When are the robots going to be replaced by humanoids?     Both artists and scientists are exploring the brain, trying to create its images, sculptures and installations of it or – on the other hand – AI and neural networks. Specialization in the various fields of knowledge narrowed and scattered the scope of these researches, provoking discussion about the need to develop a platform that connects both artistic and scientific communities. More and more often we feel the need for consilience – united knowledge, whose various do
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    Latest news | 30-03-2020
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  • Beyond borders. Processed Body – Expanded Brain – Distributed Agency

    Latest news | 11-03-2020
    18.12.2019 - 16.02.2020 Opening:18.12.2019 Artists: Marek Chołoniewski, Gina Czarnecki, Marco Donnarumma, Ulrike Gabriel, Jill Scott, Karolina Żyniewicz Curator: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński LAZNIA 1, ul. Jaskółcza 1, Gdańsk - Dolne Miasto LAZNIA 2, ul. Strajku Dokerów 5, Gdańsk - Nowy Port     Exhibition focused on contemporary artistic trends that are related to science, particularly neurology and neural engineering, research on artificial intelligence and robotics, synthetic biology and psychology. Works selected for the exhibition will invite viewers to ponder on contemporary post- and trans-humanistic discourses and their manifestations in the art field. By shedding light on the problems and practices usually represented in scientific circles, the exhibition offers an opportunity to look at the consequences of shifting them to the artistic domain, and thereby to the field of cultural reflection, transforming them into the subject o
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    BODY-MACHINE

    Latest news | 27-03-2020
    VENUE: 16 JANUARY AT 6.00 P.M. PLACE: LAZNIA CCA 1 DOLNE MIASTO ONLY FOR ADULT VIEWERS NOTE: SOME OF THE MOVIES CONTAIN FLICKERING IMAGES AND CHANGES IN LIGHT INTENSITY THAT MAY PROVOKE AN EPILEPTIC SEIZURE. AGE CATEGORY: +18 The considerable progress in artificial intelligence, data processing and robotics brings up to date old questions, philosophical as well as scientific: what is the singularity of the living? What distinguishes the human from the machine? These questions are taken up here by animated image artists, to offer their vision of a world where bodies are in the process of hybridization.   9 shorts (animations, experiments, videoarts) selected by Serge Dentin in a broad context addresing the subject of transhumnism, where the lines between human and non-human, virtual and real world are blurred. What determines our humanity? Will we wake up one day in scien
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  • BOOK BEYOND BORDERS - PROCESSED BODY – EXPANDED BRAIN – DISTRIBUTED AGENCY

    Latest news | 27-03-2020
    Publication accompanying group exhibition „Beyond borders. Processed Body – Expanded Brain – Distributed Agency” in LAZNIA CCA.  The texts collected in the book, written by both researchers and the artists presenting their works at the exhibition, are discussing the subject of interaction of artistic trends with science, particularly neurology and neural engineering, research on artificial intelligence and robotics, synthetic biology and psychology. By shedding light on the problems and practices usually represented in scientific circles, the exhibition and the book offer an opportunity to look at the consequences of shifting them to the artistic domain, and thereby to the field of cultural reflection, transforming them into the subject of a multifaceted (aesthetic, cognitive and ethical) analysis. Authors: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Karolina Żyniewicz, Jill Scott, Marile Hahn, Robert Atkins, Urszula Skiepko, Gina Czarnecki,
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    ZBIGNIEW OKSIUTA - STUDIOLO. COSMIC GARDENS

    Latest news | 18-07-2019
    9th August–4th October 2019 Openning: 9th August 2019, 6 pm ŁAŹNIA 2 Centre for Contemporary Art, Strajku Dokerów 5, Gdańsk - Nowy Port     Studiolo (from Italian) means a small studio, a study that serves for learning, experiments and research. It gained popularity in the era of the Renaissance, however, it derives from the Middle Ages, when it was termed to define the space for alchemical experiment. In this sense, the studiolo is the origin of a modern laboratory. During "Studiolo. Cosmic gardens" exhibition we will present contemporary studiolo, an experimental space for research and plant growth in an unusual conditions. The research will be grouped into three blocks: first one devoted to biological materials, the second to technologies that allows to form them and use as a growth medium, and the third shows the range of behaviors of plants cultivated in extreme conditions. Plants and plant tissues w
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A few words of introduction to Damien Hirst’s “New Religion” | Jadwiga Charzyńska

Texts | 21-11-2016
How did Damien Hirst’s New Religion find its way to Gdańsk to become part of the Art+Science Meeting?This question is crucial to my understanding of the romance between art and science.For centuries, these phenomena have always come together, irrespective of the era.   Renaissance humanism formed the cornerstone of modern culture.The turn of the 19th and 20th centuries marked the rejection of academism in visual arts.This gave rise to the artistic fascination with revolutionary discoveries and scientific theories; artists began to delve into science, drawing on philosophy and psychology.They began to talk about extending the intellectual layer in art, while contestation and provocation became equally important to the artistic process as the ability to draw or paint.At the same time, there appeared voices highlighting the ever greater gap of understanding between humanists and scientists.Tumultuous political and social changes, together with unprecedented technological progress, created the conditions for socially engaged art.   Artistic protest turned into the leading canon throughout the entire 20th century.The intellectual and critical aspect of works dominated over aesthetics or skill.Damien Hirst also began his career by reaching for very strong means of expression. The Apostles. Fig. 1 Jesus Christ 2005 / ©
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    Dmitry Bułatov

    (b. 1968, Kaliningrad) – is an artist, curator and art theorist. His research focuses on different aspects of interdisciplinary art media, as well as on submediality aesthetics. He is the author of many articles on contemporary art, as well as a number of books and anthologies, including BioMediale. Contemporary Society and Genomic Culture (Kaliningrad, 2004), Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age (Kaliningrad, 1 vol., 2009; 2 vol., 2013). He has curated more than twenty major exhibitions in Russia and abroad, including SOFT CONTROL: Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious as part of the Maribor – European Capital of Culture 2012. He is a two-time winner of the National Innovation Award for contemporary arts (2008 and 2013) and a Golden Nica nominee from Prix Ars Electronica (Austria, 2014) in the category Visionary Pioneers of Media Art. Since 1998, Bulatov is the curator at the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Russia).  
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    Wojciech Cwyk

    Sound operator, specialized in the production of documentary movies. He is the co-author of documentaries, TV spots, music scores. He graduated at the Gdańsk University of Technology. For many years he worked at Video Studio Gdańsk – the first independent television production studio in Poland. He was also member of journeys to the Middle East. He cooperates with polish and foreign production companies and television channels. He worked on such movies and documentaries as “Nauczanie początkowe”, “Przerwany lot”, “W sypialni” and many others.
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    Adam Donovan

    He is an Australian artist working in the area of ​​science, art and technology. His work involves robotics, real time 3D environments, camera tracking and sound focusing technology.   Donovan's work has evolved from a fascination with the natural phenomena of light and sound. In pursuing an intense understanding of the physical characteristics of sound and how it moves through space, he has developed an ability to modulate and combine its patterns for us to hear. Essentially, Donovan uses lenses to manipulate, focus and sculpt sound. This fascination with first began using optical lenses to focus light. Understanding more about light as a physical phenomena turned his interests to sound, and how our auditory senses interpret our world.   adamdonovan.net
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    Anders Eiebakke

    (born 1970 in Oslo, Norway) is an artist working with drone technology since 2007. Among his works is the seagull based MUAV, commissioned by The Norwegian Data Protection Authority. He has exhibited drone based works at among other the Manifesta Biennale (2010), Les Rencontres Internationales (2012) andVestfossen Kunstlaboratorium (2014). He designs his own aircrafts, exhibiting them together with politically charged aerial videos. Eiebakke also writes essays on drones, and is used as an analyst for Norwegian public radio and other news media. He is currently working on a group show in Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, discussing the relationship between art and war. Eiebakke is also a member of the Norwegian National Team in radio controlled precision aerobatics. http://www.anderseiebakke.no/    
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    Verena Friedrich

    (b. 1981, Hanau) – is an artist working in various disci-plines, such as installation, video, sound and biological practice. She holds degrees from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the University of Art and Design Offenbach. Besides creating installations in which organic and biological media come into play, she is interested in direct interaction with scientists and hands-on work in bioscientific laboratories. In recent years, she has had research stays at the Laboratory of Stem Cell Bioengineering at EPF Lausanne in Switzerland and at SymbioticA – Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Her projects have been presented internationally in the context of media art festivals, exhibitions and conferences and have been granted the International Media Award for Science and Art from ZKM Karlsruhe, a special mention in the VIDA 13.2 Awards and the Young Artist Award of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia.    
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    James K. Gimzewski

    A Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles; Director of the Nano & Pico Characterization Core Facility of California NanoSystems Institute; Scientific Director of the Art|Sci Center and Principal Investigator and Satellites Co-Director of the WPI Center for Materials NanoArchitectonics (MANA) in Japan. Pior to joining the UCLA faculty, he was a group leader at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, where he research in nanoscale science and technology for more than 18 years.   Dr. Gimzewski pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and was one of the first persons to image molecules with STM. His accomplishments include the first STM-based fabrication of molecular superstructures at room temperature using mechanical forces to push molecules across surface, the discovery of single molecule rotors and the development of new micromechanical sensors based on nanotechnology which explore ultimate limits of sensitivity and measurement. This approach was recently used to convert biochemical recognition into Nanomechanics. His current interests are in the nanomechanics of cells and bacteria where he collaborates with UCLA Medical and dental Schools.   He is involved in projects that range from the operation of X-rays ions and nuclear fusion using pyroelectric crystals and single molecule DNA profiling. Dr. Gimzewski is also involved in numerous art-science collaborative projects that have been exhibited in museums throughout the world.   He was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society and received two honorary doctorates.   www.chem.ucla.edu/dept/Faculty/gimzewski/  
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    Jens Hauser

    (b. 1969, Schwerte) – is a curator, writer and media theorist. He holds a dual research position at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen, and is a distinguished affiliated faculty member of the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University. His curated exhibitions include L’Art Biotech (Nantes, 2003), Still, Living (Perth, 2007), sk-interfaces (Liverpool, 2008/Luxembourg, 2009), the Article Biennale (Stavanger, 2008), Transbiotics (Riga 2010), Fingerprints... (Berlin, 2011/Munich/ 2012) Synth-ethic (Vienna, 2011), assemble | standard | minimal (Berlin, 2015), SO 3 (Belfort, 2015) and Wetware (Los Angeles, 2016). Hauser serves on international juries for art awards such as Ars Electronica, Transitio or Vida, as well as for several national science foundations. He is also a founding collaborator of the European culture channel ARTE and has produced numerous reportages and radio features.  
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    James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau (GB)

    James Auger (b. 1970, Derby) and Jimmy Loizeau (b. 1968, St. Asaph) – have been collaborating since 2001. They have taken part in exhibitions in the UK and abroad, including Don’t tempt me (ICA, London; MoMA, New York, 2001), Future products (London, 2002), Mobilise (Dublin, 2003), Open Borders (Lille, 2004), Betes de style (MUDAC, Lausanne, 2006), Philips Design exhibition (Eindhoven, 2007), Design and the Elastic Mind (MoMA, New York, 2008), What If (Dublin, 2009), Action! Design over Time (MoMA, New York, 2010–2012), New Energy in Art and Design (Rotterdam, 2012). They have participated in festivals such as Experimenta (Lisbon, 2003), ISEA (San Jose, 2006), Transmediale (Berlin, 2010) and Tech Fest (Mumbai, 2011) as well as art and design conferences in Hannover, Basel, Seoul, Berlin and New York. They were awarded Designer of the Year from the Koln School of Design and Top 100 designs of 2002 from Time magazine and also received honorary mention at Ars Electronica (Linz, 2004).  
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    Christian Kobi

    Studied music at the University of Music in Basel focusing on the classic saxophone. He also studied in Paris, Lucerne and Zurich. He had numerous appearances at home and abroad, solo and together with various improvised music ensembles. Since 2003 he is the founder and artistic director of “zoom in”, a festival for improvised music at Berne Minster, which he founded in 2004. He has also been a member of the saxophone quartet “Konus Quartett” since 2003. In 2006 he co-founded the new music label “CUBUS RECORDS”. http://www.christiankobi.ch/  
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    Pedro Lopes

    (b. 1986, Cascais) – is a computer scientist, artist & hardware developer. He is a researcher in Prof. Baudisch’s Human Computer Interaction Lab at the Hasso Plattner Institute (Germany). In his work there, Lopes has designed and prototyped devices that transform the body into an input and output interface through muscle sensing and stimulation. This research captured the interest of major media outlets such as NBC, Discovery Channel, NewScientist and Wired, and led him to publish in ACM CHI, UIST and SIGGRAPH. He is interested in the intersection of art and science and artistic research inspired by neuroscience, performance art and computing. He has performed as a sound artist at Transmediale (Germany), the Serralves Foundation (Portugal), Casa da Música (Portugal), Fylkingen & Future Places (Sweden) and collaborated with many sound & visual artists, including Carlos Zíngaro, André Gonçalves, Gabriel Ferrandini, Pedro Sousa, and in ensembles with William Winnant (Zorn’s Cobra) and Reinhold Friedl.  
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    Karolina Żyniewicz

    Karolina Żyniewicz is an artist and a researcher. She earned her MA degree at the Faculty of Visual Arts, Strzemiński Academy of Art in Lodz (Poland), and is currently working on her PhD project under the Nature-Culture Programme of the Artes Liberales Faculty, University of Warsaw (Poland). While developing her artistic projects at biological laboratories, she also conducts ethnographic and autoethnographic observations, which help her explore the role of non-human actors, such as liminal beings, biofacts and transgenic organisms, in the production of contemporary culture. She shows her projects both at exhibitions (e.g. Pokusa nieśmiertelności/The Temptation of Immortality at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw; Uporczywe upodobanie/Pernicious Predilection at the Labyrinth Gallery in Lublin) and at conferences and festivals (e.g. Taboo, Transgresion, Transcendance in Art&Science [Greece, Mexico], FEMeeting [Portugal], and Foro de Estudias Visuales [Mexico]). As an important part of her practices, she writes texts showcasing the performative process of art&science project development (e.g. “Art&science: Autoetnografia artystki realizującej projekty w laboratoriach biologicznych” in Kultura i społeczeństwo; “Ciało w świecie post-natury – byty liminalne. Projekt safe suicide” in Cięcie ciał-ruchome obrazy). In her work, she emphasises the epistemic and didactic dimensions of art. In 2016-2018, she collaborated with the education sections of  the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. She uses these experiences in workshops which she organises around her own projects. www.karolinazyniewicz.com  
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    Paweł Łaźniak

    Film editor. He graduated at the Film and Television Academy in Warsaw. After the graduation he started commercial work (Open Productions since 2006, lazniak.com since 2010). In the commercial film projects he also works on the creation of image and sound, but his main field of interest is creative montage. Till 2013 he had been working on projects for MTV, VIVA, 4fun.TV, Extreme Sports Channel, Polsat, Polsat Sport, ESPN, TVN, TVN Turbo, TVN24, TVP, Discovery Channel (USA) and many others. http://lazniak.com/  
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    Robert Mitchell

    (b. 1969, Atlanta) – is the Marcello Lotti Professor of English and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory at Duke University (US). He earned a PhD from the University of Washington in 2001. He is co-author of Tissue Economies (Duke University Press, 2006), Sympathy and the State in the Romantic Era (Routledge, 2007), Bioart and the Vitality of Media (University of Washington Press, 2010) and Experimental Life: Vitalism in Romantic Science and Literature Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Robert Mitchell has guest lectured in the US and internationally, including Stanford University (Palo Alto) The New School (New York), University of Toronto (Toronto), Université de Montréal (Montreal), Oxford University (Oxford), London School of Economics (London), The Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham) and others. His current research focuses on the relationships among biopolitics, the logic of populations, and the arts.  
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    BJ Nielsen

    Sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sounds of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance productions and as a sound designer. His newest album for Touch titled “Eye Of The Microphone” is a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London. Currently he is working on “The Acoustic City A Book Publication with CD”, co-edited with Matthew Gandy. www.bjnilsen.com  
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    Maciej Ożóg

    Sound artist, culture and media theorist. Since the early nineties he’s been involved in experimental music scene of Poland. Founder of many bands (Spear, Ben Zen, Aural Treat, Sub Spa, Quantum Vacuum Oscillator, Nonstate i.a.). He works in the field of live multimedia performance, interactive installations and video art. In his solo performances he critically explores the limial territory between body physical activity and invisible electric infrastructure of hybrid space. He uses custom designed instruments and devices as well as digital and analogue electronics. Ożóg is an author of numerous articles concerning aesthetics of new media art, critical art, avant-garde film, video, and experimental music. His research focuses on surveillance studies, information and network society, tactical media, bio art and posthumanism. He teaches at the Department of Electronic Media, University of Łódź, Poland. In 1998-2002 he ran a record label Ignis Project dedicated to electronic and electroacoustic music. Ignis released records by: Francisco Lopez, Ultra Milkmaids, Vance Orchestra, Indra Karmuka, Crawl Unit, Origami Arktika, Chaos As Shelter, EA and Spear. He curated such events as four editions of the exhibition “Die Kunst Ist Toth”, concerts by Coil, Noise Makers Fifes, Column One, Troum, Xaviere Charles, Z’ev, Zbigniew Karkowski, Aube, Tetsuo Furudate, Asmus Tietchens, Marco Donnarumma and many others.  https://soundcloud.com/maciej-ozog  
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    Porcje Rosołowe

    A project created by a duo – Mateusz Wysocki (also known as Fischerle) and Lech Nienartowicz. They willingly explore all kinds of audio glitches, however, they like to focus also on the organic nature of sound and listeners perception, for example a cooperation with Justyna Kociszewska had brought to life “Fungus & Sequoia” – an audiovisual installation presented at the Reworks Festival in Greece. Their sound works have been presented in Poland, Ireland, Spain, Canada and in the United States. They created an experimental label Pawlacz Perski. pawlaczperski.org  
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    Boryana Rossa

    (born 1972) is a Bulgarian interdisciplinary artist and curator making performance art, video and photographic work.Her artwork has been exhibited internationally including most notably at the National Gallery of Fine Arts inSofia,Goethe Institute, the Moscow Biennial, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum,Exit Art, Biennial for Electronic Art in Perth, and Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies in Liverpool. She frequently collaborates with artist and filmmakerOleg Mavromatioften under the title ULTRAFUTURO – an international art collective started in 2004. Some of her awards and grants include the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art,the Essential Reading for Art Writers Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Sofia,and aNew York Foundation for the ArtsFellowship in 2014 in Digital/Electronic Arts. She is an Assistant Professor of Transmedia at Syracuse University.
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    Christa Sommerer i Laurent Mignonneau

    World famous media artists, creating mostly interactive computer installations. They are both teachers at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria, where they lead the Division of Culture at the Institute for the Media Interface. Their cooperation, which continues to this day, began in 1992 at the Institute for New Media in Staedelschule in Frankfurt. Sommerer and Mignonneau have won major prizes and awards, including “Golden Nica” Ars Electronica Award for Interactive Art 1994 (Linz, Austria), and “World Technology Award” in London (2001). www.interface.ufg.ac.at/christa-laurent/   
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    Krzysztof Topolski

    Electroacoustic improviser, author of sound-art projects, drummer. His main field of interest are noise and soundscape. He is interested in exploring drums and live electronics, improvised and electroacoustic music, computer composing, creating sound and interactive installations. He organizes presentations, holds workshops and lectures about contemporary music and sound-art. www.arszyn.com  
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    Bill Vorn

    Based in Montreal, Bill Vorn is active in the field of Robotic Art since 1992. His installation and performance projects involve robotics and motion control, sound, lighting, video and cybernetic processes. He pursues research and creation on Artificial Life and Agent Technologies through artistic work based on the Aesthetics of Artificial Behaviors. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Communication Studies from UQAM (Montreal) for his thesis on Artificial Life as a Media. He teaches Electronic Arts in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University (Intermedia/Cyberarts program) where he holds the rank of Full Professor.  His work has been presented in multiple international events, including Ars Electronica, ISEA, DEAF, Sonar, Art Futura, EMAF and Artec. He has been awarded the Vida 2.0 award (1999, Madrid), the Leprecon Award for Interactivity (1998, New York), the Prix Ars Electronica Distinction award (1996, Linz) and the International Digital Media Award (1996, Toronto). He has worked in collaboration with many canadian artists (including Edouard Lock, Robert Lepage, Gilles Maheu, LP Demers and Istvan Kantor). He was cofounder of the electronic pop music band Rational Youth with Tracy Howe in 1981. billvorn.concordia.ca  
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    Adam Witkowski

    Graduated in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, where in 2011 he received the Doctor of Fine Arts title. He works with soundart, drawing, radio projects and installations. He plays in the following music groups: Gówno, Samorządowcy, Nagrobki. http://adamwitkowski.com  
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    Dr Ionat Zurr

    An artist and a researcher at SymbioticA – The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, the University of Western Australia. Ionat together with Oron Catts formed the internationally renowned Tissue Culture and Art Project. She has been an artist in residence in the School of Anatomy Physiology and Human Biology since 1996 and was central to the establishment of SymbioticA in 2000. Ionat is considered a pioneer in the field of biological arts and her research been published widely, exhibited internationally and her artwork has been collected by MoMA New York. Ionat is this year recipient of the Discovery Australian Reseach Council Award(2012); she has been a fellow in the InStem Institute, NCBS, Bangalore (2010) and a visiting scholar at The Experimental Art Centre, Stanford University (2007) and The Tissue Engineering & Organ Fabrication Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (2000-2001). She exhibited in places such as the MoMA NY, Mori Museum Tokyo, Ars Electronica, Linz, GOMA Brisbane and more.  www.tcaproject.org  
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