SPACES & PLACES: A Laboratory for a Studio: School of Visual Arts
Residing in the School of Visual Arts (New York, New York) is one of America’s only science laboratories created for express use by artists. The NATLab (Nature & Technology Lab)* was conceived of and founded by bioartist and chair of the Fine Arts Department at SVA, Suzanne Anker. The NATLab serves as a studio space for students throughout the year, and holds a residency program over the summer, offering state-of-the-art scientific equipment including microscope enabled cameras and video cameras, an herbarium, a skeleton collection, a large specimen collection, multiple aquariums and a science/art library. Students manipulate anything from slime mold to brain slides to see-through amphibian specimens, starting with the scientific method from which, with some creative intervention, emerges a work of art.
*the NATLAb was renamed and is now known as the BioArt Lab.