A 6-day intensive exchange laboratory for artists, designers, synthetic biologists, engineers and others
Dates of laboratory: 4-9 July 2011
in partnership with SymbioticA
Exchange Laboratory Dates: 4-9 July 2011
The laboratory takes place at University College London
Deadline for proposals to participate: 10:00 am, Monday 4 April 2011
Download the Call for Participants opposite for further details and how to apply
Synthetic Biology is an emerging area of research, which applies engineering principles to biology. It promises new drugs and materials for medical applications, new routes to make biofuels and chemicals and enable the building of novel genomes and cells. It could have profound implications for the way we perceive and use living things.
Synthesis will be an intensive exchange laboratory for artists, designers, synthetic biologists, engineers, and others from relevant disciplines, collaboratively exploring synthetic biology’s ideas and techniques and its social and cultural implications. The exchange laboratory will be devised and led by scientists including Prof John Ward (UCL) in collaboration with artist/designers Oron Catts (SymbioticA UWA/Royal College of Art) and Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (Synthetic Aesthetics). The exchange process is intended to explore and challenge the notions of synthetic biology, the level of control and manipulation of living systems, the application of engineering logic, and the social and cultural dimensions of synthetic biology; with the hope to inspire proposals for future projects from all participants.
Evening seminars and events during the week will broaden the exchange with the public.
Synthesis is organised by The Arts Catalyst with UCL and Synthetic Aesthetics. It is funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, with support from The Arts Catalyst (Arts Council England funded), the SynBion network (funded by BBSRC and EPSRC), SymbioticA (The University of Western Australia) and Synthetic Aesthetics (funded by EPSRC and the National Science Foundation).
Further labs are intended in Edinburgh, Stanford, US, and Perth, Australia.