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    Hosted by Wiepko Oosterhuis

    A new mentality in the study and practice of art and science

    Baltan Laboratories and BioArt Laboratories proudly present a sunday afternoon session with artist/scientist Joe Davis, College Tour style. This session is part of Shaking Science, a series of events in November, where life science meets society and society meets life science. The talk will cover some of Joe Davis’ motivations surrounding his own work in several fields and some of the practical problems he has encountered along the way. Davis will also touch on the lives and works of others. Through these examples he will focus on the implications for a whole new mentality in the study and practice of art and science.

    Joe Davis is an artist and Research Affiliate at Alexander Rich laboratory in the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge and Artist-Scientist in the laboratory of George Church at the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He received his B.A. in Creative Arts from the Mount Angel College, Oregon, USA. From 1981 to 1990 he was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, and from 1995 to 2008 a Research Associate at the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto. His research covers areas that include optoacoustics, microscopy, molecular biology, microbiology, and bioinformatics for the production of genetic databases and new biological art forms. He helped to pioneer fields in art and molecular biology and carried out several widely recognized contributions to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and also created works such as Earth Sphere, a landmark at Kendall Square, Cambridge installed in 1989.

    The film ‘Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis‘ will be screened at the exhibition “BioArt Not Stirred” a joint collaboration between BioArt Laboratories, MU, Verbeke Foundation, Holst Centre & Netherlands Bioinformatic Centre and Baltan Laboratories.

    Don’t miss out on this special event! Limited seats available. Doors close at 15 hrs! This event will be live streamed by

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