|(Representation of BioArt; Eduardo Kac's Genesis project which allows viewers to create bacteria mutations.)|
Joe Davis is considered the pioneer of BioArt, believing that genes and genomes were a new palette for artists. Davis was able to convince scientists to teach him how to synthesize DNA, and how to interest it into living bacteria. Many of his artistic pieces were comprised of experimenting with sound and cell structures, such as the Audio Microscope that translates light into sound, and another project where he assessed how Jazz music effects e-coli. Davis has used the limitless potentials that genomes have in order to create powerful pieces that truly are living art.
|(Joe Davis, the pioneer of BioArt, in the lab.)|
Although BioArt was first anticipated by Joe Davis, it was officially created by the group SymbioticA. Partners Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr formed the Tissue Culture & Art Project, which created a place for artists to engage in science labs and experiments. SymbioticA's Tissue Culture & Art Project focuses on tissue engineering, which is demonstrated in their quite amazing project, the Semi-living Worry Dolls. These dolls were modeled after the Guatemalan worry dolls; at bedtime, children took one doll for each of their worries, shared their worries with the dolls, and then the dolls solved their problems. The Semi-living Worry Dolls represent the present stage of "cultural limbo", which is characterized by childlike innocence and a blend of fear and wonder of technology. This project investigates the relationships we have with life and non-life, by creating something that is "semi-living."
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