BioMedArt

Issue 13 June 2015

Life and nature in all its beauty and strength, fragility and disease, mortality and death.

Pascale’s work attempts to capture the point where art and science meld. An alchemist at heart, her work begins with observation and experimentation but is however steeped in solid scientific research and findings. Her inspiration is drawn from observing the internal and external human body in all its diversity, life and nature in all its beauty, strength, fragility, disease, mortality, immortality and death. New technologies and philosophies , quantum physics, nano technology, animatronics are amongst her interest and are important in her work.

Mapping below the surface

The desire to ‘map’ is at the core of Angela Palmer’s work. Having spent years taking the familiar and peeling back the outer layer, she has explored the human body, and in particular the brain, as well as the animal form, to expose the extraordinary matter lying unseen below the surface. By drawing or engraving details from MRI or CT scans onto multiple sheets of glass, layer by layer, Angela Palmer presents the subjects as three-dimensional objects ‘floating’ in a glass chamber. In this exclusive interview she talks about her ideas and work.

The Greening of the Galaxy

Suzanne Anker is a pioneer in BioArt, working at the intersection of art and the biological sciences. Her fastidious experimentation in a wide array of mediums and subjects, ranging from digital sculpture and installation to large-scale photography to plants grown by LED lights, is an effort to push at the boundaries of BioArt and is an incitement of fearlessness and tenacity in the creation of scientific artworks. In The Greening of the Galaxy she presents images and objects that speak to the 21st century.

Between beauty and disgust

“My work is surprising, raises questions, the fragile beauty is often associated with horror, even with disgust. Not only for the created work, but also for the violation of the integrity of the living being, for it is often necessary to be destructive in the method of research. This duality that I experience at any dissection or other research experience is part of my job. It would be an illusion to think that the final artwork remains untouched by it. And I notice that artists and scientists often dance on the same tightrope.”
With her training in psychology and art, Chantal Pollier shows the fragile, vulnerable body in its temporary presence. In this exclusive interview, she discusses her ideas and work.

LaΒ. Bio-Conceptual Creations

Vasia Hatzi stands between two different worlds: Science and Art. With a BSc in Genetics and a PhD in Cytogenetics, she is continuously exploring the cellular world and investigates the mechanisms of carcinogenesis. Ιn 2012, Vasia created LaΒ., a hybrid world of Science and Art, as a child with two equally developed brain hemispheres. In the world of LaB., typical biological structures are transformed into unique bio-conceptual creations. Basic functions of life return to their primitive form. All equally combined, they embody the charm of a balanced and magnificent microcosm. In the world of LaΒ., Intelligence is the new Beauty.

On TRANSIC​ONMORPHOSIS – an interview with Emilio Vavarella and Fito Segrera

If in the future, the possibility of face-to-face communication becomes less widely used and written communication becomes crystallized in a series of immutable forms, humans will lose the empathic abilities that today are, in part, reproduced by emoji and emoticons. TRANSICONMORPHOSIS is an interactive artwork that proposes an ambiguous and experimental communication system for the near future, the result of a theoretical reflection on the development of new forms of technological communication, their effects on human beings, as well as their political effects.

Fabrica Vitae (film trailer)

Fabrica Vitae is a philosophical film about the anatomical mortal body and the study of the nature of consciousness within this body. It questions what it is that makes us human. Seven diverse, world-renowned, pioneers in Science and Art talk about their life’s work. In encompassing life and death, with the body as their investigative tool, they have often had to break taboos and push boundaries. They don’t avoid controversy, but on the contrary, dare to take a leap of faith into the void, to tread on virgin ground and to tell an unheard and unknown story.

Between Art and Biomedicine

For over 10 years, Cindy Stelmackowich has investigated the relationship between art and biomedicine. Historical anatomical images have been made into digital collages that ask new sets of questions about medicine; its histories, methods and knowledge structures. Vintage medical equipment has also been integrated into laboratory-themed installations. These artworks allow for an interdisciplinary dialogue between digital technology, contemporary biomedical science and art – three disciplines that are ultimately not as far apart as they initially might seem.

MEDinART

MEDinART is a global destination for artists that communicate through their art aspects of biomedical sciences. Its main goal is to introduce bio-medical inspired art to the broader audience, bring together med-inspired artists, highlight biomedical issues through different forms of art, educate the general public and trigger scientists to communicate their research fields using creative and innovative ways. Today, MEDinART features the work of more than 120 artists from all around the world. This article includes an interview with the creator and developer of MEDinART, Dr. Vasia Hatzi, a Geneticist with passion for art

When we split in two

George Petrou works mainly with moving image, photography, sculpture, performance, and video installation. His practice as a visual artist explores the human body; its strengths, promises, and boundaries. Deriving from this interest and alongside his individual practice George works as a Simulation Developer in Surgery creating highly realistic surgical phantoms, which mimic real-life tissue behaviour and anatomical structure.

Biological Imaginings

The elaborate and often fragile, vulnerable nature of the human body, including its thought processes and memories, find perfect correspondence in these works by Laura Splan. Pattern and structure, often referencing neuroanatomical forms, are explored and revealed through delicate works that often employ blood as both imagery and material.

Exploring interconnectedness

Christiana Kazakou is a multidisciplinary arts practitioner based in London. During the last two years, she has participated in a number of projects blurring the boundaries of art and science. Her artistic practice explores interconnectedness and the open-ended dialogue between art and science by combining scientific concepts, laws and theories from different disciplines with an arts practice.

A HUMANISED BUTTERFLY NAMED LEDA MELANITIS

A work of inserting a human gene (artists‘ Melanitis Yiannis) in a butterfly (species: Leda Melanitis).

Yiannis Melanitis work initiates from an intense conceptualization on the strategies of the contemporary artist and the artwork itself, deviating from its epistemological origins, implying the use of heterogeneous artistic media, through installations, performances, critical texts, sculptures, paintings and drawings.

Portraits and other hoaxes: Why some research about Andreas Vesalius is not picked up

Many details in the biography of anatomist Andreas Vesalius have been confirmed as hoaxes in the past few decades. The most malicious ones concern his alleged trouble with the Inquisition and his death in a shipwreck. Nobody can ignore, though, the sources proving that Vesalius travelled to the Holy Land as a devout pilgrim with the support of his employer, and that, upon his return, he did not die on a deserted beach along the Ionian coast, but expired in Zakynthos, where he was buried in the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, now destroyed.