This book by William Myers is published by Thames & Hudson and BNN. It presents contemporary art from around the world that uses biology as subject or medium.

 

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Overview: BioArt profiles contemporary art that demonstrates how advances in the life sciences and their application as biotechnology have a dislocating effect on culture. Specifically, these advances alter our notions of the self, environment, and the definition of life. Popular understanding strains to catch up with these changes while artists are detecting and vigorously responding to them, creating new images, sculpture, living material installations, video, and performance. In this way the work of bioartists echoes that of the Surrealists of the early 20th century who reacted to the new terrain of the unconscious and widespread anxiety in the aftermath of industrialized war.

 

BioArt closely examines the work of sixty different artists, collectives, and organizations from around the world. Interviews with eight leading artists and designers provide deeper insight into the intentions and methods of this new breed of creative practitioners.

 

Contributing writers: Mariam Aldhahi, Suzanne Anker, Julia Buntaine, Wythe Marschall

Hardcover: 256 Pages

10 x 8.5 x 1 inches

300 Color Images

 

 

Sample Images from the book

Image from Post Natural History
Image from Post Natural History

By Vincent Fournier

From Mutatoes Series
From Mutatoes Series

By Uli Westphal

HeLA Cells
HeLA Cells

Image by Tom Deerinck

Image from Fifty Sisters
Image from Fifty Sisters

By Jon McCormack

Fatberg
Fatberg

By Mike Thompson and Arne Hendricks

Image from Bistro In Vitro
Image from Bistro In Vitro

By Koert van Mensvoort, Hendrik-Jan Grievink, Silvia Celiberti, Allison Guy, and Francesca Barchiesi

Shiki 1
Shiki 1

By Azuma Makoto

Arachne (Self Portrait)
Arachne (Self Portrait)

By Neri Oxman

Hoarfrost
Hoarfrost

By Alexis Rockman

Myconnect
Myconnect

By Saša Spačal

The Third Day
The Third Day

By Henrik Spohler

The Rise/Fall of Rayfish Footwear
The Rise/Fall of Rayfish Footwear

By the Next Nature Network, in collaboration with Ton Meijdam, Floris Kaayk, and Jan Jansen

Hox Gene experiments
Hox Gene experiments

A ribless mouse (left) created using genetically altered embryos by Dr. Moises Mallo. Image preserved by The Center for Post Natural History

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HeLA Cells
HeLA Cells

Image by Tom Deerinck

Lycopersicum III
Lycopersicum III

Part of the Cultivar Series. By Uli Westphal.

Doubting Thomas
Doubting Thomas

By Patricia Piccinini

I Wanna Deliver A Dolphin
I Wanna Deliver A Dolphin

By Ai Hasegawa

Diatoms arranged on a slide
Diatoms arranged on a slide

By A.L. Brigger

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Image from Plant Sex Consultancy
Image from Plant Sex Consultancy

By Pei-Ying Lin, Dimitris Stamatis, Jasmina Weiss, Špela Petrič

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Image from Fifty Sisters
Image from Fifty Sisters

By Jon McCormack

Top-down Bottom-up
Top-down Bottom-up

By Driessens & Verstappen

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Image from Biomodd
Image from Biomodd

By Angelo Vermeulen

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Niche Constructions
Niche Constructions

By Jon McCormack

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It's My Island
It's My Island

By Antti Laitinen

Sagole Baobab (2000 years old)
Sagole Baobab (2000 years old)

By Rachel Sussman, from The Oldest Living Things in The World

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Vanitas in a Petri Dish
Vanitas in a Petri Dish

By Suzanne Anker

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Image from The Macabre Treasury
Image from The Macabre Treasury

By Mark Dion

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