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  • Masaki Fujihata, Augmenting the World

    Latest news | 26-04-2017
    19.05.2017 - 02.07.2017 Opening 19.05.2017, at 6 pm. Laznia 1, str. Jaskolcza 1, Gdansk   Counted among the pioneers of interactive art, Masaki Fujihata is one of the most celebrated, innovative and prominent artists who work with media technologies. Early in his career in the 1970s, he made animations, initially using an 8mm film and the stop motion technique. Later, he shifted to video to further investigate visual perception. The morphological explorations of perception that he undertook then revealed his meta-artistic concerns, which have ever since continued to resurface in a variety of forms. At that early stage, Fujihata’s projects addressed visualisation systems and techniques, the status of the image, the relations between technology and expression and new concepts of art emerging at the intersection of artistic practice, technology and science. In the following decade, Fujihata turned to computer art. Engaged in computer graphics a
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    Book DIE AND BECOME! ART AND SCIENCE AS THE CONJECTURED POSSIBLE

    Latest news | 11-05-2017
    DIE AND BECOME! ART AND SCIENCE AS THE CONJECTURED POSSIBLE Edited by Dmitry Bulatov, in Polish / English, 204 pp. with 157 col. ill., Gdansk: Laznia CCA, 2017 ISBN978-83-61646-81-5   This publication is issued in conjunction with an exhibition and educational programme of the same title, which took place at the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art in late 2016 and early 2017. Its fundamental objective is the presentation of artists’ and philosophers’ quest for the limits of means of expression, transgressing the “visible” and the “present”. Art here is seen as a holistic creative praxis, within which, alongside the utilization of the newest 21st century means – biomedicine, informational technologies and robotics – a significant number of “non-scientific” elements are represented: intuitions, metaphors and assumptions  When pondering over the scientific and technological possibilities of
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  • Public lecture by Chris Salter (Concordia University, Montreal) + promotion of the book accompanying the exhibition DIE, AND BECOME!, chaired by prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński

    Latest news | 24-01-2017
    Thursday, 26 January 2017 at 6 p.m. LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art, ul. Jaskółcza 1, Gdańsk ART, EXPERIMENT AND TECHNO-SCIENCE Public lecture by Chris Salter (Concordia University, Montreal) + promotion of the book accompanying the exhibition DIE, AND BECOME!, chaired by prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński   What do artists working with science and technology do? My recently published book Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (MIT Press, 2015) explores how “researcher-creators” produce new performative assemblages that challenge how we experience the world and create, and simultaneously, destabilize new phenomena and our perception of such phenomena. How do the materials of art – the “stuff of the world” – behave and perform in ways beyond the creator's intent, becoming unknown and alien. How is it that researcher creators organize the conditions for new kinds of
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    EXHIBITION: Die, and become! Art and Science as Conjectured Possible

    Latest news | 22-11-2016
    LAZNIA 1 Jaskółcza 1 Str. Gdansk - DOLNE MIASTO   25.11.2016 – 29.01.2017   Opening: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 6 p.m. Opening performance: 25.11.2016 (Friday), 7 p.m. Panel discussion with artists and curator of the exhibition: 26.11.2016 (Saturday), 1.00 - 8.00  pm   Artists in exhibition: James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, Dmitry ::vtol:: Morozov, Louise-Philippe Demers, Where Dogs Run: Olga Inozemtseva, Natalia Grekhova and Alexey Korzukhin, Thomas Feuerstein, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Pedro Lopes, Verena Friedrich   Curator: Dmitry Bulatov Coordination: Jolanta Woszczenko   Verena Friedrich (DE). Vanitas Machine  
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  • Presentation: Three Robots named Paul. Patrick Tresset

    Latest news | 22-11-2016
    Presentation of the installation and Art & Science “Human Traits” book launch in the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw.   Presentation of installation: 1.09-4.09.2016 Discussion: 02.09.2016, 6 p.m. Curator: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński Coordination: Michalina Domoń   Panelist are professor Ryszard Kluszczyński, Patrick Tresset and Jadwiga Charzyńska. The discussion will take place in Festival Café on the 1st floor. ŁAŹNIA Centre for Contemporary Art is organiser of the presentation.   Presentation of the installation devoted to Patrick Tresset, a French artist and scientist, which accompanies Art & Science book launch, evolves around the topic of human and computer creativity and our relations with the new generation machines. The artist’s works are robotic compositions which can draw portraits thanks to the implementation of specifically developed computer programmes
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    EN Nowa publikacja z cyklu "Art and Science meeting"

    Latest news | 21-11-2016
    At the begining this year, is published next one, bilingual publication from the "Art+Science Meeting" series - "Bio-Robotic Art and its Cultural Contexts". This album is devoted to the art of Guy Ben-Ary, whose exhibition "Nervoplastica" was presented at the Laznia CCA last June. The editor of the publication is the curator of the project, Prof. Ryszard Kluszczyński, whose introduction you will find below. You may download a fragment of the publication here:     Semi-living Art in Search of an Autor   The biography of Guy Ben-Ary, an Israeli artist born in the United States and living for many years in Australia, corresponds well in its nomadic complexity with the character of the works he creates. Indeed, his art combines in its multi-layered references and associations numerous trends in contemporary art. It is in their dynamic, transdisciplinary coexi
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Body is a big place (Helen Pynor and Peta Clancy) | Aleksandra Hirszfeld

Texts | 24-11-2016
The Body as Matter   How should an isolated organ be defined? What term do we use to describe the state of a beating heart that has just been removed from a body that is clinically dead?[1] What physiological mechanism causes the heart to beat outside of the body? Is it still alive or is it dead? Helen Pynor and Peta Clancy provoke such difficult questions in their recent joint project The Body Is a Big Place (2011).   The Nomadic Body               The central element in this work is a bio-sculpture installation involving the perfusion of fluid through two fresh pig hearts. The installation is re-created live during each exhibition, and thus every performance carries the risk of failure. During two tests and two public presentations, one in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac and the other at the Performance Space in Sydney, [TFA1] the ratio of successful attempts was 50/50. The pig hearts used are waste products from a nearby slaughterhouse; the fresh, though no longer beating hearts are hooked to a special apparatus, and a moment later, begin to beat once again, pumping a clear solution that flowed through them. Watching this moment of transition from a state of non-activity to that of a rhythmically functioning machine is awe-inspiring. The v
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    Justyna Borucka

    She holds a D.Sc. degree in Architecture and works as Assistant Professor at Gdańsk University of Technology in the Faculty of Architecture (Department of Residential Architecture). She approaches architecture from an interdisciplinary point of view, analyses its relation with other arts, and studies the role of art in the process of creating, constructing, using, and rehabilitating space. Her work is also concerned with public space and its transformation in the context of interdisciplinary design and the multidimensional reception of space, as well as with efforts to shape the experience of public space. She is currently carrying out several international research projects in collaboration with partners from Italy, Spain, Germany, Great Britain and Turkey.
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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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    Louis-Philippe Demers

    (b. 1959, Montreal) – makes large-scale interactive installations, thus far realizing more than 375 machines and participating in more than 70 stage productions. His works have been featured at major venues such as Lille 2004, EXPO 1992 and 2000, Sonambiente, ISEA, SIGGRAPH and Sonar. He received five honourable mentions and one distinction at Ars Electronica, the first prize of VIDA 2.0, honourable mentions at VIDA 12.0 and 15.0, a recommendation at the Japan Media Arts Festival, the Interactive prize for Lightforms 98 and six prizes for Devolution including two Helpmann Awards. He was Professor of Digital Media and Exhibit Design / Scenography at the Hochschule fuer Gestaltung, the academic institution affiliated to ZKM (Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Karlsruhe. Currently Demers is Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Demers holds a PhD on machine performance from the University of Plymouth (UK).    
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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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    Thomas Feuerstein

    (b. 1968, Innsbruck) – studied art history and philosophy at the University of Innsbruck. He works as an artist and author in the fields of fine art and media art. Since 1997 he has held posts as a university lecturer and visiting professor. Thomas Feuerstein’s projects are realised using various media. They comprise installations, drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography, radio plays and netart. Some of the crucial aspects in his work are the interplay between verbal and visual elements, the unearthing of latent connections between fact and fiction, and the interaction between art and science. His works have been exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide, including the ZKM Zentrum (Karlsruhe), MUMOK (Vienna), MUSEION | Museum of odern and Contemporary Art (Bolzano), Galeria Zachęta (Warsaw), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Medialab Center (Madrid), as well as the Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt am Main) and 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Moscow).  
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    Dmitry Galkin

    (b. 1975, Omsk) is a researcher, art theorist and curator. He earned his Ph.D. (‘candidate of science’ degree) from Tomsk State University (2002), and later ‘doctor of science’ degree in 2013. In his research he focuses on cultural dynamics in the context of technological development from digital culture to the culture of artificial life, and analyses the history/aesthetics of technology-based art practices. Dr. Galkin is the author of many articles on the history and theory of digital culture; he has also published a monograph entitled Digital Culture: Shift to Artificial Life (Tomsk University Press, 2013). Dr. Galkin has beena research fellow at the George Washington University (USA) and Lancaster University (UK). He has also lectured and presented at international conferences, including the NeoLife 2015 (Perth), EdCrunch 2015 (Moscow), TEDx Tomsk (2013). He is currently a Professor at the Institute of Art and Culture and the PAST Centre at National Research Tomsk State University (Tomsk, Russia).    
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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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    Geir Jenssen

    performing also as Biosphere – is a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalogue of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his “ambient techno” and “arctic ambient” styles, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources.
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    Justyna Kociszewska

    Producer of cultural and leisure activities, currently associated with a Warsaw-based photographic gallery. Incidental film expert, writes for magazines such as E-splot or Popmoderna and few others. Justyna designs for an independent music label and collects ideas.
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    Michał Libera

    A sociologist, producer, curator and music critic. He is a regular contributor to Polish Radio (Channel 2), the editor of a musical series at the słowo/obraz terytoria publishing house, co-producer of a CD series devoted to the Experimental Studio of the Polish Radio released by B.łt Rec, and co-producer of the Populista album series combining pop and conceptual art.   Libera is the cofounder of the 4.99 Foundation and the organizer of numerous concerts, workshops and rehearsals, including Playback-Play, plain. music, and The Song Is You.   He has published articles in Glissando, Res Publica, and Kultura Współczesna.   He regularly collaborates with the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, the Zamek Ujazdowski Center for Contemporary Art, and the Kr.likarnia Gallery of Sculpture.  
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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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    Roger Malina

    An astronomer, with a speciality in space telescopes and observational cosmology.   He is currently a researcher at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, and Acting Director for the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence. His specialty is in space instrumentation; he was the principal investigator for the NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite at the University of California, Berkeley.   For 25 years he has been the Editor of the Art-Science publication Leonardo at MIT Press and an Executive Editor of the Leonardo Book Series at MIT Press. He is the President of the Association Leonardo in Paris, and a member of the board of Leonardo/International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology in San Francisco.   Malina is particularly interested in promoting the cultural appropriation on contemporary sciences and technology and new ways of creating conditions for art-science collaboration.   malina.diatrope.com  
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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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    Stelarc

    Stelarc is an Australian performance and installation artist who has internationally exhibited, presented and done performances in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia. He has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has made three films of the inside of his body, filming 3m of the internal space of his lungs, stomach and colon. Between 1976-1988 he completed 25 body suspension performances with hooks in the skin. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to explore alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body.   He has performed with a Third Hand, a Virtual Arm, a Stomach Sculpture and Exoskeleton, a six-legged walking robot. His Prosthetic Head is an embodied conversational agent that speaks to the person who interrogates it. As part of the Thinking Head Systems he collaborated with the Marcs Auditory Labs at the University of Western Sydney to develop the Articulated Head, the Floating Head and the Swarming Heads projects. He is surgically constructing and stem cell growing an Ear on Arm that will be electronically augmented and internet enabled. The first surgical procedures occurred in 2006. He has recently been performing with his four avatar and automaton clones on his Second Life site, exploring actual-virtual interfaces and gesture actuation of his avatar with Kinect. Publications about his artwork include Stelarc: The Monograph, edited by Marquard Smith, MIT Press, 2005; Stelarc: Political Prosthesis & Knowledge of the Body by Marina Grzinic-Mauhler
Maska & MKC (Ljubljana & Maribor), 2002 and The Cyborg Experiments: The Extensions of the Body in the Media Age,edited by Joanna Zylinska, Continuum Press (London & New York), 2002.   In 1997 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA. From 2000-2003
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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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