Adam Zaretsky (b.1968, USA) ::: Article
Artist, performer, researcher, art theorist. Practices bioart (embryology, parasitology, etc.) using a wide range of media-strategies and technologies in his projects. In 1999 graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Art and Technology, MFA), where he assisted in teaching the History of Art and Biology course with Eduardo Kac. The next two years he spent as a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) in the Arnold Demain Laboratory for Microbiology together with Joe Davis. Taught the experimental Art and Biology class for the Conceptual/Information Arts Department at the San Francisco State University; at the Contemporary Arts Center Exploratorium (with Julia Reodica, San Francisco), and also co-taught with Oron Catts at the Sci-Art Research Laboratory at the University of Western Australia's Art and Architecture Department (Perth, Australia). While researching he works out various forms of bioart focusing on the installation with such elements as environment, cookery (radical nutrition), on performative animalism and laboratory experiments in the sphere of body manipulation. Author of several scientific and literary publications and projects in the sphere of molecular biology (including the social artistic research "Workhorse Zoo" realized in collaboration with Julia Reodica within the show "Unmediated Vision" at the Salina Art Center, Kansas, 2002). Since 2002 A.Zaretsky has been teaching the experimental bioart class VivoArts for the Integrated Electronic Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York, USA).