We call artists, designers, architects, musicians, biologists, ethicists, DIY biohackers, and biobrickers to join this unique opportunity to question, provoke and interrogate this area of research through artistic and scientific discourse. Young and emerging talent are encouraged to apply. The Masterclass takes place on August 27-29, 2012.
Are we entering in the age of living logic, where the programming, modelling and prediction of lifeforms is actually possible? This masterclass guides the participants towards the ethical, scientific and artistic challenges.
Synthetic biology research is based on the art of designing genetic material from the code up. Rather than slicing, dicing and splicing existing genetic material, new synthesising protocols allow the specification and production of genetic sequences; to order. Typing or constructing a genetic sequence in computer and ordering from an online supplier is a current, though expensive reality for researchers. Possibilities abound with known and unknown sequences. A simple modern day analogy would be to consider the evoloution of the printer. Beginning with printing words onto to paper that revolutionised transfer of ideas, to the modern day 3D printer that is revolutionising the way we transmit objects, we can now ‘print’ genetic material. Synthetic biology raises fundamental scientific and ethical questions; from the knee-jerk reaction to a Frankenstein-like monster virus, to questions of origin and evolution, there are simultaneously problematic and astounding potentials. Ars Electronic Futurelab, as part of Studiolab invite your participation to a masterclass in Biolab to take a look into the genetic strands of life and to consider the murky depths of the future.
Program curators: Matthew Gardiner, Christopher Lindinger.
We are offering up to 7 subsidised positions to attend this lab.
Follow the application proceedure below to be eligible to participate.
Short call application process:
Send the following information to studiolab(at)aec.at
- A 200 word visionary statement (no more!) in English on personal thoughts about synthetic biology; an artistic idea, a metaphorical story, a philosophical perspective, or ethical perspective. Be concise and to the point.
- An optional image (640x480px JPEG 100k maximum)
- A link to your website.
- In the subject line, include the words living logic – your name e.g. Subject: Living Logic – Charles Darwin
- Contact information: a phone number, skype contact, email address.
What is covered
Equipment, masterclass fees, materials, refreshments, access to the Ars Electronica Centre during the masterclasses. Plus an Ars Electronica 2012 Festival Pass.
What is not covered
Travel and accomodation. Participants must make their own arrangments for travel and accommodation to and from Linz for the period of the masterclass. We will provide suggestions for hotels in the area, though we are unable to provide bookings or offer any financial support.
Questions and press information
Please note that the program content is subject to change.
We will communicate any program changes with the selected participants.