Joe Davis (b.1950, Delaver, USA) ::: Article
Artist, researcher. In 1973 graduated with BA degree in creative arts from the Mt. Angel College (Mt. Angel, Oregon). He works with diverse media, including laser teleoperator systems, electron beam construction and applications, optical telecommunications systems, robotics and microfabrication systems. He has done an extensive research in molecular biology and bioinformatics for the production of genetic databases and new biological art forms. Author of "Microvenus" (1986), the first art work being created on the basis of synthesized DNA and genetically modified bacteria, and a series of large-scale contemporary art projects, incl. "Poetica Vaginal" (recorded the vaginal contractions of Boston Ballet ballerinas and then translated them ultimately into radio signals, beamed from MIT's Millstone radar to Epsilon Eridani, Tau Ceti and some others, 1986); "Riddle of Life" (creation of genetically modified organisms, 1994); "Audio Microscope" (translating light information into sound allowing one to "hear" living cells, 2000); "Milky Way" (putting a map of the Milky Way into the ear of a transgenic mouse, 2000). He also championed a space shuttle experiment that would have shot an electron gun into the magnetosphere to create the first artificial aurora. Between 1980-82 worked at the German Technical High School in Bremen. From 1982 he taught graduate and undergraduate level courses at the MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies in a graduate program in architecture (Master of Science in Visual Studies) and in undergraduate painting and mixed media at the Rhode Island School of Design. Since 1992 has worked at Alexander Rich's laboratory of the MIT Biology Department (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA).