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Jo Wei

The New Tendencies in Biology related Contemporary Art


The influence of technology on the body in the 21st century is not limited to the concept of the Cyborg, a mechanical and physical combination famously theorised by Donna Haraway. The desire for body enhancement has moved from the pharmacological to the genetic level. This has become a popular topic in bio-related contemporary art. Eliminating the great divide between artificial and natural environments, and making a suspended situation of hybridization have also been the prevailing tendencies. In addition, the speaker will analyze the artwork of the same biomaterial under the different cultural context.



Jo Wei lives and works in Beijing. One of her research directions is AST (art science and technology), including bio-art and its relation with history of science, and society; a case-study of Chinese and International bio-artists & institutes; the collaboration between scientific organizations and artists. Her recent curatorial programs include When Forms do not Become Attitude- Encounters between biology and contemporary art (CAFA Art Museum, 2016); Towards the Emergence of Resistance (Taikang Space, 2016). She is also co-curator of Beijing Media Art Biennale - Ethics of Technology. Currently she is a researcher in Beijing Visual Arts Innovation Institute of CAFA(Central Academy of Fine Arts) and teaches bio-art and bio-design in CAFA as guest lecturer. She is the founder of Pan-Bio-art Studio (PBS).






魏颖,生活和工作于北京,其近期研究方向之一为科技艺术,包括: 生物艺术及其在科学史和社会史中的脉络;国际生物艺术家和机构个案研究等。她近期的策划的项目包括《当形式不成为态度——生物学和当代艺术的相遇》(中央美术学院美术馆);《抵抗的涌现》(泰康空间)等,并担任“北京媒体艺术双年展”的单元策展人。她是“泛生物艺术工作室(PBS)” 的创始人,亦为《艺术新闻(中文版)》、《艺术世界》等专业艺术媒体撰稿。

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