Biotechnology is a fast growing field with footprints in every aspect of our lives. Engineering and manipulating life itself is not that far-fetched these days, and the technology to read and write DNA is cheaper and more accessible. This new biotechnology revolution allows artists and citizen scientists to tinker with the living world. Nurit Bar-Shai, artist and cofounder of Genspace, the first community biotech lab, talked about her artwork practice using biological systems, her collaborations with scientist and the rise of citizen science labs and DIYbio culture.
Bar-Shai is an interdisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of art, science and technology. She is the co-founder of Genspace NYC, a community biotech lab in Brooklyn, NY. As an artist and educator working with biological systems, she conducts experiments through creative collaborative inquiries and addresses the ethics and the emerging practices of Do-It-Yourself Biology and citizen science. Her artwork looks into microbial social networks and communication systems, collective collaboration, emergence, Soft-Genetic Modification and biomaterial fabrication.
Her work can be found at nuritbarshai.com
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