Adriano Marinazzo is an artist, architect, and art historian. His projects are interdisciplinary works that include digital experimentation, spirituality, music, and academic research. Adriano taught digital architecture at the University of Florence. In 2012 he moved to the U.S. to work at the College of William & Mary, where he is the Curator of Digital Initiatives at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. In 2014, Rem Koolhaas invited Marinazzo to participate in the XIV International Exhibition of Architecture of the Venice Biennale.
"Microbiome Selfies - 350th handshake" Digital image. Data visualization of the bacterial communities sampled on my right hand during the 1000 Handshakes performance. These images depict gene similarity networks among various families of bacteria. Two bacteria are connected in the network when their gene sequences are more similar than a fixed threshold. The different clusters thus identify distinct bacterial families. Image courtesy of the artist.
"Microbiome Selfies - 1001th handshake" Digital image. Data visualization of the bacterial communities sampled on my right hand during the 1000 Handshakes performance. These images depict gene similarity networks among various families of bacteria. Two bacteria are connected in the network when their gene sequences are more similar than a fixed threshold. The different clusters thus identify distinct bacterial families. Image courtesy of the artist.
Francois-Joseph Lapointe is an artscientist from Montréal (Canada) with a PhD in evolutionary biology (1992) and a PhD in dance and performance studies (2012). As a scientist, he has published over 120 papers ranging from molecular systematics and population genetics to metagenomics. As an artist, he applies biotechnology as a means of creation, and he has created the field of choreogenetics. His most recent project is to sequence his microbiome to generate metagenomic self-portraits (microbiome selfies). His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (U.S.), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – nature et technologies (FRQNT) and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FRQSC). His artworks have been exhibited at Musée de la civilisation (Québec), Transmediale (Berlin), SciArt Center (New York), Ars Electronica (Linz), Medical Museion (Copenhagen), Science Gallery (London), and Centre Pompidou (Paris), among other places.
Heather Parrish, Elizabeth Hénaff, & Léonard Roussel
Our collective is defined by the aim to highlight and question the relative concepts of contamination, collaboration, culture, and exploitation, and how this relativity manifests itself in the context of complex assemblages of nature, culture, and more-than-human agents. Learn more about Parrish's work here, Henaff's work here, and Roussel's work here.
Laura Splan is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work intersects science, technology, and culture. Her biomedical-themed artworks have been commissioned by The Centers for Disease Control Foundation and exhibited at the Museum of Arts & Design and Beall Center for Art + Technology. Splan’s work is represented in the collections of the Thoma Art Foundation, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the NYU Langone Art Collection. Reviews and articles including her work have appeared in the New York Times, Discover Magazine, and Frieze. She has received research funding from The Jerome Foundation and her residencies have been supported by The Institute for Electronic Arts and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She has been a visiting lecturer at Stanford University teaching interdisciplinary courses including “Art & Biology.” She is currently a Creative Science member at NEW INC, the New Museum’s cultural incubator, and in-residence at BioBAT Art Space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
Dr. Jennifer Willet is a Canada Research Chair in Art, Science, and Ecology and an Associate Professor in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor (Canada.) Willet is an internationally successful artist and curator in the emerging field of bioart. Her work explores notions of representation and body in relation to evolving biotechnologies with an emphasis on ecological metaphors. She taught in the Studio Arts Department at Concordia University in Montreal Canada from 2000-2007, and completed her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program at the same institution. Willet also taught "Bioart: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences" for The Art and Genomics Centre at The University of Leiden in The Netherlands in 2008. In 2009 she opened the first bioart lab in Canada called INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology.
Ansel Oommen is a medical technologist, urban naturalist, and horticultural therapist-in-training who resides in New York City. His creative work is an interdisciplinary cross-pollination of his various academic, occupational, and personal experiences.