Marta de Menezes (b.1975, Lisbon, Portuguese) ::: Article

Artist, researcher. In 1997 received her BA degree in Fine Arts, and in 1999 - the "Licenciatura" degree in Fine Arts / Painting from the Lisbon University. In 2001 graduated from the University of Oxford (MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture), where she studied strategies of visual representation in science and contemporary art. In the recent years has been exploring the interaction between art and biology, demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. Her most well known art project "Nature?" was created in the biology laboratory at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. In "Nature?" the artist created live butterflies with wing patterns she designed. This work was exhibited in "Ars Electronica 2000" (Linz, Austria), with a significant impact on the press of USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Germany, etc. Participated in several group exhibitions, including the following ones: "SciArt" (The Exhibition Centre, York, 2002), "The art in science / the science in art" (Wolfson College, Oxford, 2002), "Biology as Artmedia" (Lugar Comum, Lisbon, 2002), "BioFeel" (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, 2002), "L'Art Biotech" (Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, 2003), etc. Articles on bioart published in magazines and catalogues, incl. "Leonardo" (MIT Press), "Actions re Form", "BioFeel" (PICA), "Futura", "Ars Electronica" (Vienna - New York, Springer, 2000). Lectures delivered and artworks presented at various educational venues and international conferences, incl. the New Media Institute (Banff), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston), the University of Oxford (Oxford), Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (Lisbon) and others. Currently is an "artist in residence" at the MRC - Clinical Sciences Centre, at the Imperial College in London.






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CONTENTS:

I. LABORATORY: science and technology

Svetlana Borinskaya. Genomics and Biotechnology: Science at the Beginning of the Third Millennium.

Mikhail Gelfand. Computational Genomics: from the Wet Lab to Computer and Back.

Irina Grigorjan, Vsevolod Makeev. Biochips and Industrial Biology.

Valery Shumakov, Alexander Tonevitsky. Xenotransplantation as a Scientific and Ethic Problem.

Abraham Iojrish. Legal Aspects of Gene Engineering.

Pavel Tishchenko. Genomics: New Science in the New Cultural Situation.
II. FORUM: society and genomic culture

Eugene Thacker. Darwin's Waiting Room.

Critical Art Ensemble. The Promissory Rhetoric of Biotechnology in the Public Sphere.

SubRosa. Sex and Gender in the Biotech Century.

Ricardo Dominguez. Nano-Fest Destiny 3.0: Fragments from the Post-Biotech Era.

Birgit Richard. Clones and Doppelgangers. Multiplications and Reproductions of the Self in Film.

Sven Druehl. Chimaera Phylogeny: From Antiquity to the Present.
III. TOPOLOGY: from biopolitics to bioaesthetics

Boris Groys. Art in the Age of Biopolitics.

Stephen Wilson. Art and Science as Cultural Acts.

Melentie Pandilovski. On the Phenomenology of Consciousness, Technology, and Genetic Culture.

Roy Ascott. Interactive Art: Doorway to the Post-Biological Culture.
IV. INTERACTION CODE: artificial life

Mark Bedau. Artificial Life Illuminates Human Hyper-creativity.

Louis Bec. Artificial Life under Tension.

Alan Dorin. Virtual Animals in Virtual Environments.

Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau. The Application of Artificial Life to Interactive Computer Installations.
V. MODERN THEATRE: ars genetica

George Gessert. A History of Art Involving DNA.

Kathleen Rogers. The Imagination of Matter.

Brandon Ballengee. The Origins of Artificial Selection.

Marta de Menezes. The Laboratory as an Art Studio.

Adam Zaretsky. Workhorse Zoo Art and Bioethics Quiz.
VI. IMAGE TECHNOLOGY: ars chimaera

Joe Davis. Monsters, Maps, Signals and Codes.

David Kremers. The Delbruck Paradox. Version 3.0.

Eduardo Kac. GFP Bunny.

Dmitry Bulatov. Ars Chimaera.

Valery Podoroga. Rene Descartes and Ars Chimaera.
VII. METABOLA: tissue culture and art

Ionat Zurr. Complicating Notions of Life - Semi-Living Entities.

Oron Catts. Fragments of Designed Life - the Wet Palette of Tissue Engineering.
VIII. P.S.

Dmitry Prigov. Speaking of Unutterable.

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