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November 16 and 17, 2017: Microbial Aesthetics: Science, Philosophy, Ethics and Art Meet the Microbes.

October 31, 2017  by: Mark Snyder

Join the Department of Art’s Paul Vanouse and the Coalesce Center for Biological Art as they present: Microbial Aesthetics: Science, Philosophy, Ethics and Art Meet the Microbes.

November 16 and 17, 2017
University at Buffalo & Hallwalls Art Center

A two-day symposium to propose and discuss methods and aesthetics of engagement with microbial life from multidisciplinary perspectives to afford new vantages for inquiry.

R.S.V.P. to
Free and open to the public

Featuring practitioners from across the arts, humanities and sciences,

  • Joel Ong, Coalesce Artist in residence, Assistant Professor, York University, Toronto. 
  • Nicole Clouston, Coalesce Artist in residence, Artist, Toronto.
  • Cosima Herter, Film Producer, Scientific advisor Orphan Black television series.
  • Dr. Solon Morse, Coalesce Lab Manager.
  • Leonardo Brito, PhD Candidate, Media Studies.
  • Dr. Jennifer Surtees, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Co-Director Community of Excellence in Genome, Environment, Microbiome.
  • Dr. James Bono, Associate Professor of History.
  • Dr. Gerald Koudelka, Professor of Biological Science, Associate Dean for Research & Sponsored Programs.
  • Dr. Lauren Soussubre, Assistant Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, UB.
  • Gunes-Hélène Isitan, Artist, Montreal.
  • Dr. Adam Zaretsky, Artist, Lecturer, Marist College
  • Dr. Irus Braverman, Professor of Law & Adjunct Professor of Geography, UB.
  • Dr. Randy Schiff, Associate Professor of English, UB.
  • Dr. Monika Bakke, Plenary lecture, Associate Professor of Philosophy.
  • Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland.

Additional information can be found on the Coalesce website, Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence
This symposium is sponsored by Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence at the University at Buffalo

For more information contact: Paul Vanouse, Director of Coalesce Center for Biological Art, Professor of Art, University at Buffalo.

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Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
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(716) 645-6970 fax
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