Archive of Author | Paul Vanouse

Paul Vanouse is an artist and professor of Art at the University at Buffalo, NY, where he is the founding director of the Coalesce Center for Biological Art. Interdisciplinarity and impassioned amateurism guide his art practice. His projects, ‘Latent Figure Protocol’, ‘Suspect Inversion Center’ and ‘America Project’ use molecular biology techniques to challenge misleading ‘DNA-hype’, such as the idea that ‘DNA Is Destiny’. His work has been exhibited in over 25 countries and widely across the US. Recent solo exhibitions include: Burchfield-Penny Gallery in Buffalo, Beall Center in Irvine, Muffathalle in Munich, Schering Foundation in Berlin, and Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana.  His scent-based bio-artwork, ‘Labor’, was awarded a Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica, 2019.

Articles with Paul Vanouse

Mistaken Identity

Since the early 1990s, Paul Vanouse’s artwork has addressed complex issues raised by varied new techno-sciences using these very techno-sciences as a medium. His artworks have included data collection devices that examine the ramifications of polling and categorization, genetic experiments that undermine scientific constructions of race and identity, and temporary organizations that playfully critique institutionalization and corporatization. These “Operational Fictions” are hybrid entities–simultaneously real things and fanciful representations–intended to resonate in the equally hyper-real context of the contemporary electronic landscape.