For our BioArtists in Residence, the lab is the artist studio.
The Science Center and Integral Molecular launched the BioArt Residency as an unparalleled artist-in-residence experience, enabling artists to immerse themselves in a laboratory environment and explore the complexities of scientific research. The artists’ creative interpretations serve to engage broader audiences and stimulate meaningful dialogue around art, science, ethics and privacy.
To date, seven artists have participated in the program.
January 2021 – March 2021
Rebecca Rutstein's work expands upon her interests in geology, microbiology, marine science and the undercurrents that continually shape and reshape our world. Much of her practice engages with the visual interplay between micro and macro environments, articulating fractal patterns found in nature. Visualizing data and maps, Rutstein's paintings and installations often juxtapose opposing stylistic and conceptual frameworks: expressive/restrained, graphic/atmospheric, organic/geometric, micro/macro, handmade/mechanized, linear/solid. Through ongoing collaborations with scientists, much of her recent work and upcoming projects focus on the sublime and wonder of the deep sea, shedding light on a world hidden from view. Rutstein attempts to make the invisible visible, to connect the viewer with the natural world. As her work evolves, Rutstein feels passionately about creating interactive and immersive installations meant to deepen one’s connection to these unseen places, processes and networks, forging a dialogue about environmental stewardship in the face of climate change.
July 2020 – September 2020
Mina Zarfsaz is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and system thinker who works across the fields of art, technology, philosophy, architecture and design. Her work seeks to invert common tools and social control to create dialogue, exchange critical perspectives, generate questions and ideally inspire a better understanding of what we perceive as reality and its representations. Zarfsaz’s work explores grey areas that make humans complicated and interesting. Her immersive, or participatory projects invite the spectator to reconsider empathy by situating them at the center of a performative act and aim at creating uniquely effective spaces that forge intimate and visceral connections between audience members, changing paradigms and behavior.
September 2017 – 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.
August 2019 – November 2019
IMRSV Arts is an organization that uses new media technologies such as Augmented and Virtual Reality, Projection Mapping, and Light Design, to create interactive experiences. By combining art and data visualization, we aim to generate moments that build a dialogue between humans, online and in person.
November 2018 – January 2019
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places.
July 2018 – September 2018
Deirdre Murphy has been researching the effects of climate change on bird migration, using the visual data that scientists share with her to conceptualize and execute her paintings. Her fascination with avian migratory patterns and the effects of global warming have led her research to Hawk Mountain Bird Sanctuary, Powdermill Nature Reserve and Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Science and most recently the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.
March 2020 - June 2020 & April 2018 – 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.