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Buffalo Incubators Workshop

October 6, 2014  by: Admin

The Buffalo Incubators Workshop

We are pleased to invite you to the final evening discussion of The Buffalo Incubators Workshop, by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr of the Tissue Culture and Art Project, October 8 at Big Orbit Gallery, 30 Essex Street, Buffalo, from 6-9pm.  The Tissue Culture & Art Project (initiated in 1996), is an on-going research and development project into the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression.  Sixteen UB students and faculty participated in the intensive hands-on workshop. Catts and Zurr are Techne Fall 2014 Resident Fellows at UB.  They will also deliver a public lecture as a component of the Visual Studies Lecture Series on Monday, October 6 at 6:30 PM.

Buffalo played a major role in introducing the incubator to both health care (baby incubators at the Pan-American Exposition  1901) and agriculture (Cyphers incubator) and by that help to usher the new area of marrying technology and living bodies.  Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr and the workshop participants will reflect on some of the historical and contemporary narratives concerning incubators (or artificial environments which act as life sustaining support mechanisms) in different contexts:  The biomedical, agricultural, industrial military complex and entertainment (from the zoo to the freak shows).  Understanding of life that is dependent, nurtured and presented through artificial support mechanisms will be discussed in terms of biopolitics, ethics and our shifting cultural perception to life. In this context we look at the living cells (mammalian and bacteria) that were isolated and grown as part of the workshop as well as discuss the fate of the fertile chicken eggs that are incubating in the gallery.

Their workshops and activities have been supported by Techne Institute, Department of Art, Department of Biology, and Emerging Practices in the Arts, a Humanities Institute research group.  Additional thanks to Cynthia Van Ness and Vince Kuntz.

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