All free-living life forms are made of cells. The majority of life forms on the planet are microscopic and unicellular – meaning that the entire organism consists of only one cell, and is too small to be seen with the naked eye. We, in juxtaposition, are made up of many, many cells, as are the plants and animals that we can see around us every day. Unicellular organisms inhabit the soil, air and water all around us, some even reside within our own bodies. These organisms are intrinsically fascinating and often visually stunning; they are architects, builders, travellers, parasites, hunters, scavengers and prey; they have sex lives and mating rituals; they build communities and they go it alone. They are as complex in terms of behavior and lifestyle as any plant or animal, yet they do all of this within the confines of only one cell. Pondlife is an effort to document these organisms as the complex living creatures that they are, and make them accessible to as many people as possible. Pondlife is also intended to be educational. It attempts to communicate some basic concepts of biology, survival and the evolution of life in fun and visually stimulating ways using examples from the microscopic world. The documentation of these organisms is an invaluable resource to the education of adults and children alike.
Synthetic Biology is a new approach to engineering biology. By applying engineering principles to the complexity of living systems, scientists and engineers are making biology a new material for design. Synthetic Aesthetics, a project run by the University of Edinburgh and Stanford University, is bringing together synthetic biologists, designers, artists and social scientists to explore collaborations between synthetic biology, art and design.
The Molecular Logic of Cellular Signaling Systems
As an artist, I am deeply curious about the way the world works. My practice is one of active observation; of engagement; of instigation; of experimentation. I research and recreate industrial systems and scientific processes - from the distillation of algal biodiesel to the boring of geologic core samples - to engage directly with the plant and mineral elements that we extract, concentrate and metabolize to fuel our highly synthesized, and ever-accelerating, world. Water, algae, oil, petroleum, bitumen, carbon, silicon, salt, wood, clay, fat, switchgrass, fiberglass, copper, steel, honey, plastic. I want to trace the, often incoherent, outlines of matter as it is pushed to fluidly transition into endless physicals forms, and is put into transit across vast histories and geographies. I am both terrified and fascinated by a world that seems infinitely more plastic -- and more fragile -- with each technologic development.
Her art – research focus is since several years oriented towards the project developed in the field of Living systems (bio-art), AV performances, noise/sound art, installations and interactive ambiental responsive immersive environments. The context for her ideas and concepts is often realized in collaboration with other authors (artist, scientist, humanist, makers, hackers…), and through interdisciplinary and informal integration embodies in her work.
Sebastian Frisch (DE) researches and creates works as an artist, musician, and developer. He makes use of a diverse set of media technologies to create immersive experiences and discover possible connections between the digital and the palpable. His main interest belong to the fields of sound, space and acoustic ecology. Sebastian studied Sound Art and Computer Science at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and graduated recently from the ArtScience Master’s program at the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.