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WA Now – Biomess – The Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts / Ionat Zurr)

Biomess is a radical experiment in live culture. Presented by The Tissue Culture & Art Project of SymbioticA, these are artists working on the cutting edge of living art.

Based at the University of Western Australia, SymbioticA hosted the research of The Tissue Culture and Art Project (Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr). The artists have been exploring the intersections of science and art since 1996.

Together, and with their expanded team of artists and scientists, they explore the creative and ethical implications of developments in the biological sciences. They investigate about what science is doing, what it is capable of, and how our conceptions of life might be altered in the process and how futures might be shaped accordingly. In doing so, they also open up important questions about how we categorise life forms that ask us to rethink what it is to be human.

This exhibition is a collaborative project between SymbioticA @ UWA, Western Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of WA.


There are a number of special events planned, including a lecture series, guided tours, and you can hear from Ionat Zurr and Oron Catts about their Biomess project at 11am, Saturday 8 September. Visit the website for details.

Image credit - Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr Sponge – Biomess 2018 (detail) The Tissue Culture & Art Project. Collection, Western Australian Museum.

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    Event Showings

    Monday: 10am to 5pm

    Wednesday to Sunday: 10am to 5pm

    Until 3 December 2018

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    The Art Gallery of Western Australia

    Perth Cultural Centre

    Perth WA 6000

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