Emerging STEAM research hot topics: art, biology, mhealth and medecine


In the previous post I called for discussion of hot topics in research that are part of the stem to steam rationale.

I identified the emerging field of multi modal data representation as one such field , faced with the disruptive situation brought about by big data

Another area that now has 25 years lineage is the broad area of art and biology ( thanks to pioneers such as Joe Davis see the metalife initiative led by Yvan Tina for good links to resources  http://synthbioart.texashats.org/about/

What is notable in recent years that some of these researchers have shifted to pursue the connection of art and biology, to m-health and more generall health care and medicine– this is a very old area ( see Eric Kandel’s books for instance) but is currently being re-energised by the steam movement and born digital artists.

Here at the university of texas for instance, bonnie pitman has been leading a program that includes partnerships between medical schools and museums ( i commented on this in a previous post)

A major conference was held at the NY MOMA: see
a report has now been posted on “the Art of Examination”: Art Museum and Medical Schools Partnerships”

In addition curricula are being developed by the O’Donnell Institute partners with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the Dallas Museum of Art to engage medical students in observing, analyzing, and communicating about works of art to develop their diagnostic skills. A very useful bibliography is available at http://www.utdallas.edu/arthistory/medicine/BIBLIO.pdf 
including research that shows evidence of the outcomes of such work

In our own art science lab emerging media and art student Ritwik Kaikini is working with UTD chemist Jeremiah Gassensmith to teach bacteria to sing !- some first process rough videos are up at

Last week I heard the sound of the death phase of a bacteria colony as well as young colonies-they sound very different !

The ultimate application of this art science research by Jermiah Gassensmith is drug delivery to target areas of the body of cancer patients

I also note ( see below, forwarded by  Ingeborg Reichle) a new book on BioArt: Ιnstitutional Critique to Hospitality: Bio Art Practice Now, Athens 2017 with authors that are members of Yasmin- we would welcome your comments !

we welcome comments on the emerging hot topic on art/biology/medicine as well as identification of other STEAM hot topic research areas

If you have evidence that steam approaches in arts and medicine are productive, we are interested in for examples of medical discoveries that would not have been made without such approaches. As I said this is a very old area that couples the arts and sciences, but that is seing an explosion of new activity, in part fueled by a new generation of born digital artists, but also renewed interest by the medical profession

roger malina

From: Ingeborg Reichle <ingeborg.reichle@uni-ak.ac.at>

Subject: new book on BioArt: Ιnstitutional Critique to Hospitality:
Bio Art Practice Now, Athens 2017

Institutional Critique to Hospitality: Bio Art Practice Now brings
together 13 texts by renowned art historians, art theorists and
pioneering artists considering bio art’s contemporary relevance.

The first part of the book charts a transition in contemporary bio art
practice concerned with a move away from Institutional critique into
the idea of Hospitality: Kathy High provides an endearing account of
‘Bees and Microbes’, while Suzanne Anker reflects on ‘Three Blind
Mice’. Marta de Menezes rethinks ‘Representation in Bio art’ while
Pascale Pollier considers ‘The Fabric of Life’ with regard to *Fabrica
Vitae *exhibition and Αggelos Antonopoulos makes a personal statement
with regard to his own contribution to this exhibition. Ellen K. Levy
thinks about ‘Emergence’ in the context of bio art, while Adam
Zaretsky provides a critical commentary on contemporary artists’
engagement with bio art and Ioannis Melanitis an autobiographical one.

In the second part of the book, the tension between these two notions
and contexts is examined in a historical light: Martin Kemp discusses
‘Pros and a few Cons’ for ‘Artists in Labs’, while Assimina Kaniari
considers early precedences of bio artists’ gestures in Leonardo’s
Trattato. Robert Zwijnenberg examines the affinities between
‘Xenotransfusion and Art’, Gunalan Nadarajan writes on ‘Specters of
the Animal’ and Irina Aristarkhova considers ‘the Art of Kathy High’
as a form of hospitality.

The introduction to the anthology examines Institutional critique and
Hospitality as ways of looking at and making sense of bio art today,
but also as notions charting and accounting for transitions in art
history in terms of artists’ engagement with living media – whether on
a literal or metaphorical level.

Book Contents


From Institutional Critique to Hospitality: Aspects and Contexts of Bio
Art, Assimina Kaniari

Part I.

Bio Art as Institutional Critique and Hospitality: Artists’ Statements

1.     ‘Dear Bees and Microbes’, Kathy High

2.     ‘Three Questions: A Holy Trinity or Three Blind Mice?’, Suzanne
Anker and Assimina Kaniari

3.     ‘Representation in Bio art: Movement and Change’, Marta de Menezes

4.     ‘Fabrica Vitae. The Fabric of Life’, Pascale Pollier

5.     ‘Apropos Fabrica Vitae’, Assimina Kaniari in conversation with
Αggelos Antonopoulos

6.     ‘Bioart and Conditions for Emergence’, Ellen K. Levy

7.     ‘iGMO: inherited Genetic Modification Orgiastics. Philosophy of
the Biological Bedroom, a Prelude for Transgenic Humans’, Adam Zaretsky

8.     ‘Text, Code and the Arts of Bio-age’, Ioannis Melanitis

Part II.

Critical and Historical Approaches on Bio Art

9.    ‘Artists in Labs. Pros and a few Cons’, Martin Kemp

10.  ‘Stranger Connections. On Xenotransfusion and Art’, Robert

11.  ‘Painting and the extension of life: Leonardo’s bio pictorial
tactics after 1500’, Assimina Kaniari

12.  ‘Specters of the Animal: The Transgenic Work of Eduardo Kac’,
Gunalan Nadarajan

13.  ‘Hosting the Animal: the Art of Kathy High’, Irina Aristarkhova

Εκδόσεις Γρηγόρη / Grigori Publications