FLUID MATTER | MU | EINDHOVEN
Liquid and Life in Motion
2 December 2016 – 26 February 2017
A dance of humans and viruses to the tune of evolution, a compass needle made of iron extracted from placentas and 3D printed materials inspired by the development of human organs. In May this year, these three proposals were proclaimed the winners of the Bio Art & Design Award 2016, a competition for young artists and designers who move the boundaries of art and science with promising biotechnological projects in collaboration with leading Dutch research institutions.
This year’s award winners are Pei-Ying Lin who collaborated with Miranda de Graaf of the Erasmus MC Viroscience Lab on ‘Tame is to Tame’; Cecilia Jonsson who created ‘Haem’ in collaboration with Rodrigo Leite de Oliveira of The Netherlands Cancer Institute / Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital; and Lilian van Daal & Roos Meerman who developed ‘Dynamorphosis – The beauty of inner mechanisms’ together with Renée van Amerongen of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Each team had six months to develop their plans. This winter, as part of the exhibition Fluid Matter, MU artspace exhibits the exciting results of these collaborations.
Fluid Matter explores the theme of fluidity inside and between bodies, cells, and substances. Life’s processes abound with continuous exchanges and are often embodied in liquid form, flowing throughout complex and microscopic environments; yet, these phenomena often escape perception. It takes the intervention of artists and designers to bring them into the realm of the observable, lend them meaning, highlight their beauty, or find their material potential at different scales.
Fluid Matter presents the winning projects of the Bio Art and Design Award 2016 alongside several recent artworks that share a dimension of fluidity. The works will reflect on, demonstrate, or even contest advances in life sciences research. They will also probe fluidity in the realms of inter-species exchange, personal identity, metabolic processes, and even in the exchange between our bodies and our oceans.
Thijs Biersteker (NL)
Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta (UK)
Inés Cámara Leret (UK)
Lilian van Daal & Roos Meerman (NL) BAD Award winner
Teresa van Dongen (NL)
Xandra van der Eijk (NL)
Cecilia Jonsson (NO) BAD Award winner
Pei-Ying Lin (TW) BAD Award winner
Ana María Gómez López (US)
Mari Ohno (JP)
Tarah Rhoda (US)
TISSUES AS FLUIDS: lecture by Oron Catts at MU artspace
Thursday February 9, 2017 – 7.30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday February 9, 2017 Oron Catts will give a lecture about tissues at MU artspace. The lecture is part of the public program underpinning the bioart and –design exhibition Fluid Matter, Liquid and Life in Motion, that presents an exploration of fluidity inside and between bodies, cells and substances.
Oron Catts is an artist, researcher and curator. Catts initiated the ‘Tissue Culture & Art Project’ in 1996, an on-going research and development project into the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression. He is director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. Professor at Large in Contestable Design, Royal College of Arts, London.
19.30 – Doors open – visit exhibition
20.00 – Introduction
20.15 – Lecture Oron Catts
21.00 – Aftertalks
Where MU artspace, Torenallee 40-06 (Strijp-S), Eindhoven
When Thursday February 9, 2017, 7.30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets € 5 / students € 3 via <a href="https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-tissues-as-fluids-lecture-oron-catts-february-9-2017-31535305949
Tissue Culture & Art Project – http://lab.anhb.uwa.edu.au/tca/
SymbioticA – http://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au
MU – http://mu.nl/en/about/agenda/tissues-as-fluids
This lecture is part of the program of the exhibition Fluid Matter, Liquid and Life in Motion, on view until 26 February 2017. At the heart of Fluid Matter are the three winning projects of the Bio Art and Design Award 2016, developed in collaboration with leading Dutch researchers in the life sciences. They are presented alongside several recent works that share a dimension of fluidity.