[-empyre-] Week 3: Thanks to Kathy and Lindsay and Welcome Soyu, Paul and Yiyun
highk at rpi.edu
Sat Feb 25 02:35:30 AEDT 2017
Thanks so much fro writing and for introducing Soyo, Paul and Yiyun.
It would be great to hear of the scene in biological arts in Seoul and
Shanghai - for Soyo and Yiyun!
And Paul could fill everyone in on his amazing Coalesce Residency in
Biological Arts in Buffalo!!!
On 21/02/2017, 2:06 PM, "empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
behalf of Renate Terese Ferro" <empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au
on behalf of rferro at cornell.edu> wrote:
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>I have been trying to sort through some glitches in our system but am
>going to plod on in hopes you are getting our posts. Just a reminder
>that you can check on what has been posted by going to our main archived
>I want to take this opportunity to thank Kathy High and Lindsay Kelley
>for helping me through Week 2 while I was traveling to NYC. The
>discussion was a great beginning into the nuances of doing
>interdisciplinary work that is so meshed and intertwined with politics,
>the environment, health, and so much more. I appreciated Kathy’s early
>post last week when she wrote:
>I am very aware that my role as an artist, feminist, educator, queer
>person, and provocateur is essential more so now than even before! As
>so-called bio-arists (and I say that because the term “bio-art” is such a
>terrible “catch all” term that needs to be examined as it needs to serve
>for “eco-artists”, "genetic-artists” “transgenetic artists" "synthetic
>artists” and so on, all terms needing to be unpacked), ― and generally
>we, as bioartists, work with living materials and we make decisions about
>the ethics that we apply to these materials.
>My hope is that we can use the base that both Kathy and Lindsay provided
>for us to deconstruct the layers within “Bio Art” that manifest
>themselves today BETWEEN BIOLOGY AND ART. For me its the between maybe
>that holds the key to our examination? Not sure but would love to hear
>from more of you.
>Welcome Soyo Lee, Paul Vanouse and Yiyun Chen. It is with great pleasure
>that we welcome you to our -empyre- space and hope that you will post.
>Realizing that Soyo and Yiyun are sleeping right now (they in Australia
>and Singapore) we will wish them sweet dreams and look forward to their
>contributions a bit later. Paul I know is awake and probably in his
>Coalesce Lab right now or teaching at U. of Buffalo but hopefully he will
>have time to write in when he gets a chance.
>And to you lurkers….hope you will be inspired to write even short posts.
>This is a conversation and without you in this space I feel lonely
>sometimes thinking that there is absolutely no one out there. So if you
>are reading this please be inspired to write. I will refer to the
>question that t Tim Murray and I wrote last month. Is the listserv
>-empyre no longer relevant if our subscribers do not participate.
>Something to think about for sure.
>Biographies are below. Looking forward.
>Soyo Lee(KR) is an artist who is interested in changing social and
>ethical conceptions about various living organisms in human culture. Her
>recent project Ornamental Cactus Design, looking at the cultural history
>of a popular horticultural product, was presented at the Museum of Modern
>and Contemporary Art(Seoul), Museum of Contemporary Art(Sydney),
>ISEA(Albuqerque), and SLSA(Perth). She holds a Ph.D in Electronic Art at
>Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and runs an independent art
>space and publisher Lifeforms in Culture in Seoul, Korea.
>Paul Vanouse has been working in emerging media forms since 1990.
>Interdisciplinarity and impassioned amateurism guide his art practice.
>His electronic cinema, biological experiments, and interactive
>installations have been exhibited in over 20 countries and widely across
>the US. Vanouse is a Professor of Visual Studies at the University at
>Yiyun Chen is an artist currently based in Shanghai. She graduated from
>MA Design Interactions at Royal College of Art in London, and obtained a
>diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine at
>Shanghai University of TCM. Drawing and film are main mediums of her
>narrative works, which often based on fictional scenarios, aiming to
>provide alternative prospectives by raising dilemmatic questions through
>proposing critical concepts. She currently interests in the realms where
>art, psychology and medicine connect, and her work now mainly concerned
>with the human body under
>the topic of disease and wellness as an ideology. Her work ‘Sick Better’
>is nominated by The Helen Hamlyn Design Awards and currently exhibiting
>in London.Yiyun just finished her bioart residency in SymbioticA, Perth,
>Visiting Associate Professor
>Director of Undergraduate Studies
>Department of Art
>Tjaden Hall 306
>rferro at cornell.edu
>empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au
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