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Oron Catts

Mr Oron Catts

Director, SymbioticA
Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, School of

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School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology
The University of Western Australia (M309)
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+61 8 6488 7116
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Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts School of Anatomy and Human Biology Mailbag M309 The University of Western Australia

Oron Catts is an artist, researcher and a curator at the forefront of the emerging field of Biological-arts, whose work addresses shifting perceptions of life.
Having background in art and design, he was a Research Fellow at the Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, and worked with numerous other bio-medical laboratories around the world.
In 1996, he founded the Tissue Culture and Art Project to explore the use of tissue technologies as a medium for artistic expression.
In 2000, he co-founded SymbioticA; an artistic research laboratory within a biological science department. SymbioticA Become a Centre of Excellence in 2008 and has a thriving residency, academic and workshops programme.
In April 2009 he was acknowledged by Icon Magazine (UK) as one of the top 20 Designers “making the future and transforming the way we work”. His work received international awards and recognition including the inaugural Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art in 2007, the 2008 WA Premier Award and The Second Prize in the VIDA10.
His work is part NY MoMA design collection and has been exhibited and presented internationally.
Catts had published 13 book chapters and numerous articals.
Key research
Art and Biology
Art and Science
Tissue Engineering
Art and Ecology
New Media Art
Art as Research
2007 SymbioticA showcase, as part of Ars Electronica, OK Centre, Linz, Austria
2004 BioFifference Bienniale of Electronic Arts Perth, Lawrence Wilson Gallery, Perth
2002 Biofeel Bienniale of Electronic Arts Perth, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth

2009 Corpus Extremus (Life +) at Exit Art Gallery, New York City.
2008Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong.
2008Evolution Haute Couture: Contemporary Art in the Post-Biological Age Exhibition, 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia
2008Design and the Elastic Mind, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.
2008Skinterface, FACT, Liverpool, UK.
2007BioTechnique, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
2007 ARCO2008, Madrid Spain
2007 Still, Living, BEAP07, The Bakery Artrage Complex, Perth, Australia,
2007 Cyberart, Ars Electronica, OK Centre, Linz , Austria.

Book chapters:
Oron Catts, Reversing Genohype- About the Latent Figure Protocol, in Paul Vanouse Latent Figure Protocol, CEPA Gallery, 2009
Oron Catts, Laura Sillars, Artists and Scientists, A Symbiotic Relationship?, in Human Futures, Art in an Age of Uncertainty, edited by Andy Miah, Liverpool University Press, 2008.
Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr The Ethics of Experiential Engagement with the Manipulation of Life in Tactical Biopolitics Art, Activism, and Technoscience, edited by Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip, The MIT Press 2008.
Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr The Art of the Semi-Living and Partial Life: Extra Ear – ¼ Scale in Art in the Biotech Era, edited by Melentie Pandilovski 2006
Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr The Semi Livings by in Singes of Life, edited by Eduardo Kac. The MIT press 2006
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
BA (Design) with First Class Honours, Curtin University of Technology.
MA (Visual Arts) with Distinction, Curtin University of Technology.
Artist in Residence/visiting Scholar Department of Art and Art History, Stanford Univesity.2007
Research Fellow at the Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication Lab, Harvard Medical School,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. 2000-2001
Artist in residence – School of Anatomy and Human Biology, University of Western Australia 1996-2000

Honours and awards
2009 Icon Magazine (UK) Top 20 Designers making the future and transforming the way we work.
2008 WA Premier Prize for Excellence in Science Communication Outside the Class Room
2007 Second Prize in the Telephonica VIDA10 International Competition on art and artificial Life
2007 Golden Nica in Hybrid Art Category, Prix Ars Electronica,.
2003 Best journal article, The Power Institute/AAANZ Prize,
2003 Ward Award for Innovation, Faculty of Built Environment, Art and Design, Curtin University of Technology
2003 Leonardo Award for Excellence, Honorable Mention
2002 Nomination for "2002 World Technology Award for Art" The World Technology Network.
2001 Partners in Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding performance and commitment to excellence, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
1996 Commerce and Trade Award for distinguished achievement in Design, Research and Development by an Honours student".

Current external positions
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board Tchnoetic arts, an international journal of speculative research 2004-presenet
Board member of ARTRAGE Inc.
Board Member of Media Space WA.
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