Ingeborg Reichle is visiting the SVA Bio Art Lab in New York City

On April 16, 2019 Ingeborg Reichle will visit the Bio Art Lab at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The lab was founded some years ago by the US-American artist Suzanne Anker, chair of the SVA BFA Fine Arts Department, due to the fact that from anatomical studies to landscape painting to the biomorphism of surrealism, the biological realm historically provided a significant resource for numerous artists. More recently, Bio Art has become a term referring to intersecting domains of the biological sciences and their incorporation into the plastic arts. Of particular importance in Bio Art is in Susanne Anker’s perspective to rise awareness of the ways in which advancing biotechnologies alter social, ethical and cultural values in society. The SVA Bio Art Lab is a fusion of a 19th century cabinet of curiosities with a state of the art biotechnology laboratory. In addition to housing specimen collections, herbariums, aquariums, microscopic photo & video stations, and a diverse library, the space facilitates culturing organisms, sterile techniques and a range of molecular biology protocols.

On October 15, 2019 Suzanne Anker will give a talk in the context of Ingeborg Reichle’s lecture course BioArt: New Directions in Art and Biotechnology. This is an informative and stimulating opportunity to hear from distinguished artists and experts about what’s going on in the emerging fields of bioart, biodesign, and speculative biology, and also helps our students to build their network of contacts.