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Syn /\ Sym: Biology in Art & Design

Join us for a conversation with the Curators of two exhibitions exploring Bio Design and Bio Art on display at the MIT Museum and MIT List Visual Arts Center on the MIT campus.

In exhibitions now on view, the MIT Museum and MIT List Visual Arts Center concurrently explore Bio Design and Bio Art respectively, using different lenses to examine the contemporary revolution in synthetic biology.

Gene Cultures, on view at the MIT Museum, parallels the science and technology of transformative innovations, relating how artists are utilizing biotechnologies in creative and sometimes critical ways, and bringing together researchers and artists to reflect on what is at stake with the ability to alter life and nature.

At MIT List Visual Arts Center, Symbionts: Contemporary Artists and the Biosphere foregrounds the work of artists who aim to decenter the human in their radical approaches to working with living material, underscoring our collaborative and mutually dependent relationships with more-than-human species.

Focusing on these distinct approaches to understanding the place of humans in the planetary biosphere, this conversation will open up provocative considerations of ethics, epistemology, and how we envision our relationship with other life forms. Exhibition curators Caroline A. Jones (Symbionts) and William Myers (Gene Culture) will be joined by Jens Hauser, a media studies scholar, curator, and writer, in a panel discussion to explore the contemporary Bio Art through these overlapping but divergent discourses.

November 5, 2022
2:00-3:30 pm
Free with museum admission. Seating is limited and not guaranteed.

Remote Livestream option