Art as We Don’t Know It
What worlds are revealed when we listen to alpacas, make photographs
with yeast or use biosignals to generate autonomous virtual organisms?
Bioart invites us to explore artistic practices at the intersection of
art, science and society. This rapidly evolving field utilises the tools
of life sciences to examine the materiality of life; the collision of
human and nonhuman. Microbiology, virtual reality and robotics cross
disciplinary boundaries to engage with arts as artists and scientists
work together to challenge the ways in which we understand and observe
the world. This book offers a stimulating and provocative exploration
into worlds emerging, seen through art as we don’t know it – yet.
Art as We Don’t Know It showcases art and research that
has grown and flourished within the wider network of both the Bioart
Society and Biofilia during the previous decade. The book features a
foreword by curator and art historian Mónica Bello, and a selection of
peer-reviewed articles, personal accounts and interviews, artistic
contributions and collaborative projects which illustrate the breadth
and diversity of bioart. The resulting book is a tantalising and
invaluable indicator of trends, visions and impulses in the field.