Bio-Art Installation: Julia Reodica

Bio-Art Installation: Julia Reodica

West Hall Gallery Room 111

October 11, 2006 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Photo by Alicia Solsman

*Following the Opening Reception for Julia Reodica's bio-art exhibit, performance artist Julia Heyward will be performing in West Hall Auditorium at 7:30PM.  Check our website for more information about Julia Heyward's event.

Julia Reodica (www.vivolabs.org/) currently resides in Troy, New York where she works locally as an artist and in the health field. Her on-going artwork merges traditional art practices and emerging biotechnology to create pieces that express social commentary and encourages public inquiry. Science-related work based on utilizing semi/living systems for exhibition was developed through work in art/science museums and institutions in the U.S. and internationally. In various publications and symposiums, her views on innovative muscle tissue sculpting and the social impact of scientific research have raised new ethical and aesthetic questions about the new "body" of art. Cultural research in-progress reflects upon social expectations that influence the communication of symbolic meanings pertaining to the body and its parts.  Laboratory research considers evolving tissue culturing technology, cellular communication and the dynamics essential for survival in experimental growth environments.

 "Prototype" is an exhibition that documents Julia Reodica's bioArt work and research in-progress. Laboratory methods and biotechnology of Tissue Culturing are used in the creation and development of living objects that challenge the notions of the sacred and sacrilege. The microscopic biomaterial that makes tissue cultured objects possible is considered one of the tools of this new media and is the subject of the large-scale sculptural model also on display.

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