Monday, May 17, 2010

about teeth

image from artist's website

a current resident at SymbioticA is (Dr) David Khang - a professional artist who practises dentistry as a hobby. His website has a list of very interesting projects that he has been doing since 1999, and there are very graphic images that are at times a little gruesome (think suturing your tongue to a pair of butterfly wings), but very engaging and worth taking a visit to. He's currently in Perth growing an enamel sculpture with the people who brought you the Tissue Culture and Art Project.

and about Bioart...
the definition of bioart is very fluid, so much so that one has to ask - what isn't bioart? While it may superficially comprise any artistic endeavours with the hint of an arm, an organ, or a blade of grass, the motivation of bioart involves more a sustained exploration of inter-disciplinary collaborations, marking out and articulating new lines of connections.
though, there are always problems, especially when it involves science : by appropriating science into the realm of art, we have to contend with issues of representation surrounding scientific (informational/statistical) presentations of biology, and most problematically, the body. The politics of representation is the topic of focus for current SymbioticA resident Danish art historian Pernille Leth-Espensen.

while we're on the topic i might just add a little blurb about the projects that im invested in.

Screaming Bones, Vibrating Mass (2009). SymbioticA, Perth
was a project involving the physical manipulation of cow femurs and resonating them in a feedback loop made up of a small speaker and a contact microphone placed at either ends of the bone, allowing it to function metaphorically as a conduit for the ossification of information.

Our Sound is Our Wound (2010). PICA, Perth

During his residency at PICA, Singaporean artist Joel Ong will develop a piece exploring the use of the stethoscope as a device for encountering intimate spaces. By presenting an installation composed of infrasound and the amplication of minute vibrations, he explores the issues surrounding representations of the body both in science and in art, exploiting the acoustical premise of mediate auscultation in a way that defines the body as a resonating chamber.

Some links that are worth checking out.

Another interesting website to do with a new way of experiencing food by breathing it

and dont forget the brain child of artscience author david edwards with Le Laboratoire in Paris

Michael John Gorman and the Science Gallery in Dublin, that is having a "Biorhythms" exhibition featuring many exciting sound artists and musicians working with music and the body
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