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December 12, 2006

Upgrade! Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem:


Guy Ben Ary: BioWorks

Upgrade! Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem: Guy Ben Ary: BioWorks: A semi living artist & a living cinematic apparatu :: Wed 27.12.06, 19:30 @ Digital Art Lab, Holon, Yrmiahu st.16 (The Forbidden games exhibition @ dal will be open till 20:00 for those who didn’t see yet the show)

Guy Ben-Ary is an artist and researcher whose work uses emerging medias, in particular biologically related technologies (tissue culture, electrophysiology and optics). His work focuses on cybernetics, the boundaries between the living and non-living and focuses attention regarding the use and future possibilities of biotechnology. In his talk Guy will present two of the projects he has been involved with in the past few years.


MEART – the Semi Living Artist” is bio-cybernetic research and development project. MEART is a geographically detached artist that is distributed between two locations in the world. Its “brain” consists of cultured nerve cells that grow in a neuro-engineering lab, in Atlanta. Its “body” is a robotic drawing arm that is capable of producing two-dimensional drawings. The “brain” and the “body” communicate in real time with each other for the duration of an exhibition.

“The living Screen” project produces new poetics, made possible by fusing bio-technology into a living cinematic apparatus. This work explores what occurs when we cinematically engage with a living screen and employs film theory to understand Bio-Art as a Freak Show’. The Nano-Movies are projected (projection is 200 microns square in size) on Living Screens made from skin, blood, sperm or cornea cells that transform, react and change over time and eventually die. Therefore, it contorts the projected Nano-Movie in – unknown ways, and confront the spectators with issues such as life, death, virtuality and reality.

Guy Ben-Ary

Artist & researcher that works in the area of art and biology. Currently living and working in West Australia. Guy is an artist in resident in SymbioticA – The Art & Science Collaborative Lab at the University of Western Australia, since 2000. He specializes in microscopy, biological & digital imaging & artistic visualization of biological data. His Main research area is cybernetics and the interface of biological material to various devices. Member of the core SymbioticA Research Group that developed “MEART - the semi living artist” project. Guy is also a member of the “Biokino” collective that is developing the “living screen” project. He collaborated with the Tissue Culture & Art Project for 4 years (1999 - 2003). Guy is undertaking a Masters course in the school of architecture landscape and visual arts, UWA.

Posted by jo at December 12, 2006 12:26 PM