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Open Salon Events by exhibiting artists of “Open Space 2013”
Artists’ Talk “SymbioticA × metaPhorest : Exploring Life at Open Space 2” metaPhorest (Waseda University BioAesthetics Platform)

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2:00pm–

Open Salon Events by exhibiting artists of “Open Space 2013”
Artists’ Talk “SymbioticA × metaPhorest : Exploring Life at Open Space 2” metaPhorest (Waseda University BioAesthetics Platform)


IWASAKI Hideo (Professor and the Head of Laboratory for Molecular Cell Network & Biomedia Art at Waseda University), Oron CATTS (SymbioticA), Ionat ZURR (SymbioticA), Lawrence ENGLISH (Room40), MIHARA Soichiro, FUKUHARA Shiho + Georg TREMMEL (BCL), SAITO Hanna, YOSHIOKA Yuki (LAMBDA)
Moderator: HATANAKA Minoru (ICC)

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2:00pm–
Venue: ICC 4F Special space
Capacity: 150 persons (first-come basis)
Admission free
With interpretation (Japanese-English)

Organizer: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]



He is working in the fields of both biological science and contemporary visual art, and interested in the relationship among scientific, philosophical, cultural, historical and aesthetic views of "life." As an artist, he has produced contemporary abstract papercutting and biomedia art, and as a biologist, he has studied on spatio-temporal (rhythmic/morphological) pattern formation dynamics in microorganisms (especially in cyanobacteria).
Born in 1971. Professor, Ph.D., Department of Electrical Engineering & Bioscience, Waseda University; Director, metaPhorest; a member of "Synthetic Aesthetics" (NSF-ESPRC); and a founder of the Japanese Society for Cell Synthesis Research.


An artist, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project, which he established in 1996, is considered a leading biological art undertaking. He is the founding Director of SymbioticA (since 2000), an artistic research centre at The University of Western Australia and winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art.

Ionat ZURR

Lawrence ENGLISH


The BCL is an artistic research framework that aims to explore the relations, congruences and différances of biological and cultural codecs through artistic interventions, social hacking and basic research. BCL is interested in the relationship between art and science in general, and between media art and bio science in particular. The interest is not so much in the new possibilities of artistic expressions, that the emerging biotechnologies make possible, but rather in the social implications that the widespread adoption and application of biotechnology will create. The research of the BCL is speculative and forward-looking, whereas the projects are firmly situated in the present social context and current climate. The projects aim not to be simply answers to real problems, but rather aim to be explorations of the context and systems behind the artistically and socially relevant issues.




She has a strong interest on relationships between technology and art, between scientific and religious views of life/death, etc., which seem somehow split with each other in modern society. She is working on glass making combined with kinetic art and biomedia art approaches to propose bidirectional viewpoints connecting such splits with interdisciplinary researches on science, philosophy and history.
She is graduated from Tama Art University (glass art course).


He is an interdisciplinary artist working both in Japan and Germany. In 2011 he founded the LAMBDA project, a framework for artistic explorations on the relationship between biotech and information`s transmission process. He graduated from the Department of information design at Tama Art University.

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