Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bio art course in the Gorlaeus Lab, Leiden University

Photos: Kaisu Koski, 11 April 2008

Canadian artist, Jennifer Willet runs this 7 session course and it consists of lectures related to Bio art issues as well as practical workshops on: mammalian tissue culture, microscopy, DNA extraction and imaging, and genetic modification in the lab.
Last week (18 April) Dr. Alice Alia (Assistant Professor, Biophysical Organic Chemistry) gave a talk on her research utilizing MRImaging for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. The week before this (11 April) we all worked with calf livers using an adaption of a tissue culture technique developed by researcher and scientist, Anne Kienhuis.

  • Some links related to this course:
    The Arts & Genomics Centre, based at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, Gorlaeus Laboratories, University of Leiden, The Netherlands hosted this course.

  • The blog for this course

  • Oron Catts + Jennifer Willet YouTube interview at ISEA2006 / ZeroOne, San Jose, August 2006 where they engineered Teratological Prototypes (cancer cells) in collaboration with the Tissue Culture & Art Project Initiated in 1996 by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, Tissue Culture and Art (TC&A) is an ongoing research and development project into the use of tissue culture and tissue engineering as a medium for artistic expression.

  • SymbioticA (Perth, Australia) :since its foundation in 2000, SymbioticA has enabled dozens of artists to engage in and comment on "wet technologies" while complying strictly with scientific requirements. See the 2007 article on some projects at

  • Interview with Oron Catts + Ionat Zurr, 1999

I will keep adding links as I come across them here until the end of May.

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