BioArt Blog


June 21, 2018 | Bioart Blog

A Tour at the Science History Institute

We took a tour of the Science History Institute with our current Artist Resident, Laura Splan. We were able to see the library and peak into the huge archive of material, objects and artifacts that the Institute is archiving for public access and viewing.

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June 14, 2018 | Bioart Blog

Collaborations in Art and Science

Hundreds of years ago, there was no distinction between the idea of a scientist, an artist, or an engineer. Now, in the 21st century we more than ever long for an amalgamation of disciplines through collaborations and interdisciplinary research.

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June 11, 2018 | Bioart Blog

Alpaca Fleece for Laura

Laura Splan received a shipment of wool from three alpaca's that are used for antibody production.

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May 31, 2018 | Bioart Blog

A Conversation with Ben Doranz at Integral Molecluar

When did you first become interested in incorporating art into your lab operations? I've always been interested in art and science. Obviously my job is in science so I don't get to use art on a day to day basis here, although I do outside of work. A couple of years ago, the Esther Klein Gallery was hosting...

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May 21, 2018 | Bioart Blog

Artist Talk with Laura Splan

Last week, on Thursday May 17, 2018 Laura talked to us about her practice and the experiments she has been undertaking during her residency at Integral Molecular. She elaborated on her process of visualization where she has been uploading the protein models and sequences to PyMOL and manipulating their forms and interactions. Read more on this topic in our formers posts.

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May 14, 2018 | Bioart Blog

BioArt Blog: An Interview With Laura Splan By Elise Vider

The residency entails spending three months working closely with scientists in a laboratory setting, studying their cutting edge research methods and interpreting them creatively. My residency research and experiments will culminate in a project that will be exhibited at the EKG Gallery in 2019.

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May 9, 2018 | Bioart Blog

On Humor And Absurdity In Arts

Humor is a powerful tool in challenging norms and attitudes of individuals. The extreme in which artists engage with absurdity, is absurd on its own level. Most artistic engagements in this type of humor, reflect on the idea of “self” as though the absurd version of reality of self is more illuminating than the reality of it.

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May 2, 2018 | Bioart Blog

Visualization Of 3D Molecules

As an artist who works closely with data and has written her own software, Laura is attracted to the many different programs that scientists use to visualize their work in the laboratory. This week Laura discovered the PyMOL Molecular Graphics System, which is an open-source program that can create 3D visualizations of proteins and large molecules.

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April 25, 2018 | Bioart Blog

Visualizing BioData

One of the sub-genres of BioArt is the visualization of biodata. Artists have engaged with various processes of image making in incorporating biodata in works such as painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance, and sound art.

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April 23, 2018 | Bioart Blog

Off To A Great Start

The first few days of my Science Center BioArt residency have been so wonderfully immersive! Integral Molecular has been a welcoming and engaged host of my research, curiosity and ideas. One of the most unique qualities of this residency is the freedom granted to the artist to develop a project that responds to their time, experiences, and training in a cutting edge biotech laboratory.

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