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Introduction to Bio Materials

3:00PM - 6:00PM
Feb 04 - Mar 18
1.50 CEUs,
6 Sessions

Tarah Rhoda Bio Lab manager, School of Visual Arts

Artists have always been inspired by nature and more recently have begun to apply the advancements of biotechnologies into their work. In this course students will be introduced to the field of bio art and work in SVA's state-of-the-art Bio Art Laboratory. We will explore how to cultivate and creatively manipulate several model organisms, such as fungi, bacteria, yeast and plants. Many of these organisms have image rendering and mold-making capabilities that can be harnessed as new construction materials. Students will make mycelium sculptures, grow visceral sheets of bacterial cellulose, produce chlorophyll prints, and paint with bacteria genetically modified to express a fluorescent protein naturally found in a bioluminescent jellyfish. We will also explore molecular gastronomy, which employs many techniques for suspending fluids and making liquid sculptures. No previous experience in bio art is required.


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