Günter Seyfried is an artist who lives and works in Vienna. Since 2017 he teaches the seminar “Understanding Biomedia” at the Department of Media Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna. He studied medicine and psychology at the University of Vienna and digital art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna where he gained his diploma in 2008. In his projects he combines arts-based and scientific research, and in recent years he has completed a number of cross-disciplinary projects as a freelance artist in which art, biology and synthetic biology intersect. He shows his work at international exhibitions and it is also featured in many publications. In addition to his teaching positions at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Department of Art and Knowledge Transfer (2008–2016) and the Department of Media Theory (2017–), at the New Design University St. Pölten, course on Design, Trades, and Material Culture (2016–), Günter Seyfried gives lectures, seminars, and workshops at well-known and acclaimed institutions (HeK House of Electronic Arts Basel, Folkwang University of the Arts Essen, Waag Society Amsterdam, University of Naples Federico II) and at festivals (Pixelache Helsinki, Cynetart Dresden, Border Sessions Den Haag, Bio-Fiction Vienna). In connection with an entire series of projects Günter Seyfried worked for the Stella Art Foundation in Moscow (2004–2010) and currently for Biofaction in Vienna (2012–). He is a founder member of the Institute for Polycinease (2004) and pavillon_35, the Society for Science-based Art (2012). https://pavillon35.polycinease.com
Publications and Reviews
“European do-it-yourself (DIY) biology: Beyond the hope, hype and horror”, G. Seyfried, L. Pei, and M. Schmidt. In: Bioessays 36: 548–551. doi: 10.1002 bies.201300149 cited by The World Economic Forum Report including a debate about DIYBio and biosafety, 2014.
“Le Savant Fun”, edited by Eleonore Klar. In: I HEART #14, Vienna and Paris, 2013.
“Biokunst-Experimente in Wien, Pavillon35”, by Eva Winroither. In: Die Presse, Vienna 28.02.2013.
SPECULUM ARTIUM, edited by Špela Pavl, Ljubljana, 2011.
Parcours der Helden, edited by Nikolai Molok. Kunsthistorisches Museum and Stella Art Foundation, Vienna, 2010.
In situ, edited by Boris Manner. Kunsthistorisches Museum and Stella Art Foundation, Vienna, 2009.
Graue Donau. Schwarzes Meer: Wien Sulina Odessa Jalta Istanbul, edited by Christian Reder and Erich Klein. Vienna and New York: Springer 2008.
The Elements of Light, edited by Boris Manner, University of Applied Arts Vienna and Stella Art Foundation, Moscow and Vienna, 2008.
Parasite Paradise, edited by Boris Manner and Stefan Körner, Esterházy Foundation, Eisenstadt, 2008.
“Das Monster in der Zelle”. In: HekMag magazine, spring/summer, Berlin, 2007.
Digital Art: Misused Media, exhibition catalogue, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Vienna, 2007.