This two-day intensive workshop, led by Oron Catts & Dr. Stuart Hodgetts (Symbiotica Lab, Australia) introduced participants to basic principals of animal tissue culture and tissue engineering. The workshop also provided a history of tissue engineering and an outline of different artistic projects which use tissue culture. Tissue culture and tissue engineering represent a new area for artistic engagement. These branches of biomedical research have a major influence on perceptions of body, self and medical thinking. Tissue engineering enables researchers to grow three dimensional living tissues constructs of varying sizes, shapes and tissue types.
Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr co-founded the Tissue Culture and Art Project (TC&A) in 1996 and together set up SymbioticA Laboratory at The University of Western Australia (UWA). They are renowned internationally as artists who work with living tissue, and have exhibited in venues such as Ars Electronica, Adelaide Biennale of Australian Arts, LÁrt Biotech France and National Gallery of Victoria. Their work has been published in Leonardo Magazine (MIT Press), and Live Art (Tate Publication). They have been research fellows at The Tissue Engineering & Organ Fabrication Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Catts is the Artistic Director of SymbioticA. Zurr is currently teaching the Art & Life Manipulation course in UWA, and developing a programme for Master by Coursework in Biological Arts.
Tue 7 - Wed 8 March 2006
Middlesbrough TS1 3BA
Tue 9pm–12am, Wed 9am–5pm