Join the opening of Evolutionaries on Friday 11 December

It's that time of the year again... MU hosts its highly acclaimed yearly Bio Art & Design exhibition. Evolutionaries opens Friday 11 December and is on show at MU till Sunday 7 March 2021.


MU Hybrid Art House


11 December 2020

Even, or maybe especially, in times of a global pandemic it is crucial to experiment, think and be creative in the field of art connecting to the (life) sciences and working with living matter. And this year's exhibition has an extra festive ring to it, as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BAD Award!

Evolutionaries offers a thrilling survey of the complex ways in which our shared concepts of nature, identity, culture and all that is living are fluid and in flux. The BAD Award projects, as ever, go beyond science communication. They zoom in on aesthetic and often also ethical aspects enabled by discoveries in the life sciences and the applications of biotechnology: from the possibility of same-sex biological parents and the colonial origin of zombie stories in relation to virology, to what can be learned from watching a plant play tag with a machine.

Bio art and design, as practiced by this talented pool of international artists, take on the vastness of our polluted seas as well as the disquiet of the souls sensitive to the weight of collective injustice. To the well-tuned ear their work cries for revolution and evolution simultaneously.

Next to the winning artists & scientists of this year's competition - Dasha Tsapenko & Han Wösten (UU), Nadine Botha & Henry de Vries (GGD & Amsterdam UMC) and Sissel Marie Tonn & Heather Leslie (VU) & Juan Garcia Vallejo (Amsterdam UMC, Location VUmc) - we bring together nine winning artists from previous BAD editions, one representing each year. This means the exhibition will comprise of twelve bio art and design installations and projects, some completely new, others building further on earlier works, but all celebrating and intensifying the collaborations and connections between art & science.

Expo opening
When: Friday 11 December | Where: MU Hybrid Art House | Entrance: 5,- incl. 1 drink | Time: we work with two time slots. From 20.00 - 21.30 and 21.30 - 23.00. Get your tickets via Eventbrite

Participating artists
Nadine Botha & Henry de Vries (GGD & Amsterdam UMC), Xandra van der Eijk, Jalila Essaïdi, Agi Haines, Charlotte Jarvis, Cecilia Jonsson, Ani Liu, Špela Petric, Michael Sedbon, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy, Sissel Marie Tonn & Heather Leslie (VU) & Juan Garcia Vallejo (Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc), Dasha Tsapenko & Han Wösten (UU)

Angelique Spaninks

Bio Art & Design Award
The BAD Award is an annual international competition. The aim is to let artists and designers who graduated within the past five years experiment with bio art and design and push the boundaries of the collaborations between art and science. The BAD Award 2020 is an initiative of ZonMw, MU Hybrid Art House and BioArt Laboratories. The award is an incentive for the fast-growing group of young artists whose work is focusing on the discovery of all the new possibilities the life sciences have to offer.