Oron Catts (b.1967, Finland) ::: Article
Artist, curator. His activity focuses on the interaction of design and biologically derived technologies. Founder and art director of "SymbioticA" - the research laboratory at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, the University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia). Founder of the Tissue Culture and Art Project (1996), an integrated research within contemporary art involving tissue technologies. The project was represented at a number of contemporary art exhibitions and festivals, including the following ones: Melbourne International Festival (Melbourne, 1998), Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul (Porto Alegre, 1999), Perth International Arts Festival (Perth, 2000), Ars Electronica (Linz, 2000 и 2001), Deluxe Media Art (Sydney, 2000), Adelaide Biennale of Australian Arts (Adelaide, 2002), European Media Art Festival (Osnabrueck, 2003) and others. His writings on wet media were published in scientific and art magazines, incl. "Tissue Engineering" (Vol. 6 No. 6, 2000), "Thresholds Magazine" (No.24, 2002), "Leonardo Magazine" (35:4, 2002) and others. Took part in international contemporary art conferences in USA, Canada, France, Austria, Great Britain and others. Lectures and presentations conducted at museum venues and such educational institutions as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston), the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago), the Oxford University (Oxford) and others. Research fellow at the Tissue Engineering & Organ Fabrication Laboratory, the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard Medical School (2000-2001, USA). Organizer and curator of the international exhibition "BioFeel" and the scientific symposium "The Aesthetics of Care?" within the frameworks of Biannual of Electronic Arts (Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, 2002).