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The Science Center has partnered with biotech company and uCity Square resident, Integral Molecular to host an artist-in-residence program focused on biotechnology. The goal of this program is to provide access, opportunity and awareness for artists to explore the ever-changing world of biotechnology.
Ben Doranz, President & CEO, Integral Molecular
Integral Molecular is a research-driven biotechnology company creating innovative technologies and a pipeline of therapeutic antibodies for under-exploited membrane protein targets, including GPCRs, ion channels, transporters, and viral envelopes. The Company has over a decade of experience in optimizing membrane proteins, enabling the isolation, characterization, and engineering of monoclonal antibodies against otherwise intractable membrane protein targets. Integral Molecular has worked with over 100 different partners and customers, including all of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.
The Esther Klein Gallery (EKG), which opened in 1977, uses the creative arts as a platform to explore relationships between art, science and technology. EKG seeks to positively impact the cultural life of both its immediate neighborhood of West Philadelphia and the broader Philadelphia community. EKG programming is designed to explore the range of art, science and technology exhibitions, and includes gallery talks, panel discussions, and education programs.
April - June 2018
Laura Splan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores intersections of art, science, technology and craft. Her conceptually based projects examine the material manifestations of our mutable relationship with the human body. She reconsiders perceptions and representations of the corporeal with a range of traditional and new media techniques. She often combines the quotidian with the institutional to interrogate culturally constructed notions of order and disorder, function and dysfunction. Much of her work is inspired by experimentation with materials and processes, which she mines for their narrative implications and untapped potentials. For her current solo exhibition “Embodied Objects” at Occurrence (Montréal, QC), Splan used biosensors to create data-driven forms and computer generated patterns for digitally fabricated sculptures, tapestries and works on paper.
Splan's work has been included in exhibitions at Museum of Arts & Design (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY) and Beall Center for Art + Technology (Irvine, CA). Her work has been exhibited internationally in Iceland, South Korea, England, Germany, Sweden and beyond. Commissioned projects for her work have included soap residue paintings for the Center for Disease Control, computerized lace doilies modeled on corona viruses for the Gen Art New Media Art Exhibition, and sculptures for “Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS” at the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College. Her work is included in the collections of the Thoma Art Foundation, the NYU Langone Art Collection, the Institute for Figuring, and the UCSF Infectious Disease Department.
Reviews and articles including her work have appeared in The New York Times, American Craft, and Discover Magazine. Splan’s essays and interviews have been published in Art Practical, SciArt Magazine and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She received a Jerome Foundation Grant for research at venues including the Wellcome Museum (London, UK) and La Specola (Florence, IT). She has been awarded artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center and The Institute for Electronic Arts, and she received a Pollack Krasner Fellowship for The Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence program. Splan has spoken widely at a variety of venues including University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Exploratorium (San Francisco, CA), California College of Art, New York Academy of Sciences, The Center for Human-Computer Interaction (Salzburg, AT) and Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been a visiting lecturer on intersections of Art, Science, and Technology at Stanford University, Mills College, and University of Maine. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
September - November 2017
Orkan Telhan is Associate Professor of Fine Arts - Emerging Design Practices at University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He holds a Ph.D. in Design and Computation from MIT's Department of Architecture. He was part of the MIT Media Laboratory and MIT Design Laboratory.
Orkan Telhan’s work focuses on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility. For the Art + Science Residency, Telhan will work with scientists at Integral Molecular to explore different ways of manipulating taste transduction by working with a variety of taste receptors, visualizing novel sensations on the tongue in humans and other animals.
“Historically, my work has explored the future of food and taste from a number of different perspectives through the biosynthesis of novel flavors and designing experimental living artifacts,” says Telhan. “This residency will allow me to focus on the tongue itself—which is the ultimate decision-maker that determines what we like or dislike. I am excited to work with Integral Molecular on the biochemistry of taste perception and find ways to make this invisible world more accessible to non-scientists.”
Angela McQuillan is the Curator of the Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery. With both scientific and artistic backgrounds, Angela spent 10 years working as a research scientist before pursuing an artistic career. With a specific focus in biology, she is well versed in the technical aspects of scientific discourse as well as the creative side of art and exhibition making, and has curated over 25 art exhibitions to date.
Mina Zarfsaz is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and system thinker who works across the fields of art, philosophy, digital technology, and design. She has worked for a diverse range of organizations and educational institutions in different capacities, from an educator, a mentor, to a curriculum designer and R&D coordinator. She has also been engaged with the MixLab's research in the field of Innovation Design at the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship of Montclair State University for over two years. Zarfsaz currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds teaching appointments at Temple University, and Moore College of Art and Design.
President & CEO, Integral Molecular
Ben Doranz is President and CEO of Integral Molecular. Dr. Doranz co-founded the company in 2001 and has led all aspects of the company’s growth since its inception, bringing three different technologies from research to market and growing the company into a profitable commercial entity. He is an inventor on six of the company’s patents, the principal investigator on over 20 NIH grants, and an author on over 50 publications, including articles published in Cell, Science, and Nature.
Dr. Doranz is an established life science entrepreneur previously responsible for directing the biotechnology program at the Port of Technology business incubator in Philadelphia and helping create startups at the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of Pennsylvania.
David Clayton is the Director of FirstHand, a STEAM education program at the Science Center, where he leads the development and implementation of community and youth outreach programs. David joined the Science Center in 2008 as the curator for the Esther Klein Gallery and initiated the arts, technology and science community outreach program that has since grown into FirstHand. He has curated over 20 different interactive exhibitions showcasing data visualization, augmented reality, robotics, video-game hacking and 3D printing. He also co-curates the Ignite Philly speaker series.