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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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Echo and Narcissus – Aural space, navigation and memory, or Playing it by Ear! | N. Helyer

Texts | 24-11-2016
A SoundWalk I am going to take you on a walk, a soundwalk if you will. I am going to lead you, by the ear, if necessary to the Sonic Commons, at once an atavistic geography and yet again a simple concept. But before our stroll and as in all good soundwalks, a short briefing: Nigel Helyear, Meta-Diva.  source: image from the artist. Echo and Narcissus The two stories of Echo, the talkative nymph… yet a chatterbox, had no other use of speech than she has now, that she could repeat only the last words out of many…. and Narcissus the vain youth who rejects the nymphs advances, were first combined by Ovid in his work Metamorphoses. A curse placed upon Echo limited her speech to mimic those around her and after her brush with unrequited love she faded away into the forest so that only her voice remained to inhabit the wooded slopes. After shunning Echo, Narcissus lay beside a forest pool, entranced by an image of youth and beauty. Not recognising his own reflection, he became deeply enamoured with the visage which mirrored his every move but which agonisingly vanished each time he attempted to reach for it. He died at that spot, disconsolate, weeping as the nymph had done, his sobs repeated in the woods by those of Echo. As his body melded with the forest floor a flower we know as a Narcissus bloo
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    Jahannes Bergmark

    An improvising musician, experimental musical instrument maker and electroacoustic- and text-sound-composer. He has developed butoh, jester theatre and performance art into a kind of audiovisual object theatre, performed as a concert but with a setting as a surrealist puppet play of toys, tools, kitchen utensils, materials, weird and kitsch decorative things and junk found on streets and flea markets. Bergmark has been a touring freelance musician since he graduated as a piano builder in 1996, with 600+ collaborations from 33 countries in 400+ venues in 27 countries. http://bergmark.org/   
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    Oron Catts

    He is an artist, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project which he established with Ionat Zurr in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project.   In 2000 he founded SymbioticA, an artistic research centre housed within the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. Under Oron’s leadership SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008. Catts’ interest is life, more specifically the shifting relations and perceptions of life in the light of new knowledge and it application.   Often working in collaboration with other artists (mainly Ionat Zurr) and scientists, Catts have developed a body of work that speak volumes about the need to for new cultural articulation of evolving concepts of life. Oron was a Research Fellow in Harvard Medical School and a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University.   He is currently the Director of SymbioticA, a Visiting Professor of Design Interaction, Royal College of Arts, London, and a Visiting Researcher/consultant at Aalto University’s Future Art Base, Helsinki. Catts’ ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; his work is often cited as inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials, textiles, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.   www.tcaproject.org  
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    Marco Donnarumma

    Marco Donnarumma is a media and performance artist, director, composer and scholar. Since the early 2000s, he has been interbreeding contemporary performance, media art and computer music to inquire into the recondite matters of the human body. He is widely known for his performances probing the body through sound physicality, technological engineering and movement research. He owns a Ph.D. from Goldsmiths, University of London and is one of the next Research Fellows at the Akademie­ für Theater ­und Digitalität, Dortmund. His performances and artworks toured over 60 countries and are regularly presented at leading art, theater and dance venues. His current research looks at the links between ritual performance, artificial intelligence and body politics through the lens of abjection, violence and intimacy.    In 2013, he took part in audiovisual interactive biophysical performances Bios @ Techne @ Art, which took place at the ŁAŹNIA Center for Contemporary Art. This event was a presentation of artistic actions in which the physiological activity of the human body is not only the subject of artistic exploration, but above all constitutes the material for artistic creation.   marcodonnarumma.com  
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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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    Ken Feingold

    Contemporary American conceptual artist based in New York. He has been exhibiting his work in video, drawing, film, sculpture, and installations since 1974. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2004) and a Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship (2003) and has taught at Princeton University and Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, among others. His works have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Liverpool, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and many other museums. http://www.kenfeingold.com/  
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    John Grzinich

    mixed-media artist, who works since the early 90’ as a freelance artist and cultural coordinator, combining such divergent methods as field recording, kinetic sculpture, electroacoustic composition, performance, spatial perception and acoustics. In recent years Grzinich concentrated on giving workshops on various aspects of sound, that encourage collaboration through social communication, performance, mapping, recording and editing. He performed in North America, Europe and Japan and his compositions have been published by international labels such as: SIRR, Staalplaat, Erewhon, Intransitive, Cut, Elevator Bath, CMR, Orogenetics, Mystery Sea, Invisible Birds and others. He lives in Estonia and works as a program coordinator for MoKS, a non-profit artist-run center. At LAK – festival of Nordic Sound Art 2013 – Grzinich led the workshop “Sensing Sonospace”  
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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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    Paweł Janicki

    creator of audiovisual interactive systems, installations and performances working in the field of media art, microsound aesthetics and algorithmic composition. He is associated with the WRO Center for Media Art, where he currently directs the WRO Laboratory. His musical net-performance Ping Melody was awarded by the Tokyo University Haramachida in 2004 the “netarts.org” Grand Prize, and gained a nomination for the Viper Festival in Basel. He was also co-founder and longtime member of the well-known collective Gameboyzz Orchestra Project, exploring lo-fi aesthetic. These and other projects by Paweł Janicki were presented at many prestigious festivals including the “Ars Electronica” and the “Transmediale” and events devoted to contemporary art in the Centre Pompidou. He is also the co-creator of the “Interactive Playground” exhibition. http://paweljanicki.jp   
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    Marta Karalus

    Graduated in ethnology and cultural anthropology at the Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń. She held workshops for children and teens at the Znaki Czasu Centre for Contemporary Art in Toruń from 2009 till 2011. She is member of the CoCa collective, Head of the Sztuka Cię Szuka (Arts Seeks you) Association and member of the Fabryka UTU Foundation. Alternative education is her main field of interest and work. http://fabrykautu.wordpress.com/   
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    Micha Laury

    Born in Israel, a visual artist and sculptor living and working in Paris since 1974. Awarded the Sandberg Prize of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1980). Since the beginning of his artistic activity (1967) until today Laury is questioning the so called “brain”  through many of his works. His first brain piece titled “Floor Mop Brain” was done in 1969 with a floor mop arranged in the form of this organ.   Other works from the 70. and on, involved different media: Brain drawings, drawings for Brain projects, performances, photos, sculptures, installations etc. Laury's Brain drawing were mental drawings questioning the potential of human brain. The performances from 1975 examined the possibilities and limits of the brain. The photos of the performance “Cooking Art (Brains and Omlets)” from the same year was about the relation of food and mind (brain).   During the last years Laury met some brain scientists, they had a very interesting discussions about the current brain research. These exchanges with scientists helped artist to develope the concept of the installation “Brain (Laboratory)”. This complex installation includes neural network (with electric light), glass laboratory instruments, videos of laboratory experiments such as the “Eureka” phenomena.   “Eureka” is the rare moment when the brain “stumbles upon” an exceptional idea that sudenly comes into light after a long research period of no results. “Brain (Laboratory)” project will develop further in relation to the advancement of scientific research on the human brain  
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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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    Prof. Michael Punt

    Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth where he is the convenor of Transtechnology Research and the Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Reviews. He gained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam (Early Cinema and the Technological Imaginary) and has jointly produced two books on audio visual media and consciousness. He has published over 80 articles on cinema history and digital technology in key journals. From April 2010 he has been leading a large joint research project funded through HERA on the creative exchanges between experimental and commercial film makers. www.trans-techresearch.net  
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    Michal Rataj

    Czech sound artist, musician. He studied musicology at the Charles University in Prague and composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2005. Since 2006 he is assistant professor and runs electroacoustic music theory and composition classes. Michal Rataj also works as radio art producer at the Czech Radio, where he curates the program slot Radioatelier and the website rAdioCUSTICA for contemporary radioart activities. www.michalrataj.com    
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    Marcin Sauter

    Documentaries director, cinematographer and director of photography. He graduated the Documentary Course at Andrzej Wajda’s School. Director, screenwriter and cinematographer in such movies as “Za płotem”, “Pierwszy dzień”, “Hakawati” and “Na północ od Kalabrii”. He received several awards, among others, at the Cinema du reel Festival in Paris, Film Festivals in Cracow, London, Vilnus and Kiev. He holds movie workshops in Bydgoszcz and a course for students in Andrzej Wajdas School in Warsaw.
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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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    Christoph Veigl

    Austrian computer scientist and multimedia artist. He studied Sociology at the Vienna University and Medical Informatics at the Technical University Vienna. In his master thesis he developed the open source biosignal analysis software “BrainBay” which can be used for Biofeedback and alternative Human-Computer Interaction for people with disabilities. His artistic career started in 1992, when he co-founded the Syntharturalistic Art Association SHIFZ together with Magnus Wurzer. He created various biosignal-based interactive installations and machine art pieces. He travelled around Europe and the United States with contraptions like the “BrainWashing Machine” or “Alan the Telepresence Robot” and explored biofeedback and robotics for artistic purposes. In 1999, SHIFZ organized the first Roboexotica–Festival for Cocktail Robots, with its Annual Cocktail Robot Awards, which is said to be the leading festival for electronic cocktail culture since that time. Christoph Veigl currently works and teaches at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Department of Embedded Systems. http://www.shifz.org/  
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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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