Vessels of Care and Control: Prototypes of Compostcubator & Hivecubator

Vessels of Care and Control: Prototypes of Compostcubator & Hivecubator 2016

Vessels of Care and Control: Prototypes of Compostcubator & Hivecubator

Oron Catts, the founder of the University of Western Australia’s bioart research center SymbioticA; Ionat Zurr, his collaborator and a leading figure in bioart; and Mike Bianco, artist and beekeeper. This trio will be making the most of Kenpoku’s rich nature, and producing and operating two tissue culture incubators as art. One is an incubator which utilises a honeybee hive for heat and CO2, while simultaneously giving bees access the outside world. The other is an incubator which utilises compost (pile of decayed material that decomposes organic matter with microorganisms) as a source of heat. Oron and Ionat are top figures in the field of bioart. The incubators are the prototypes for the future cultivation of microorganisms. This is a cutting-edge endeavor in bioart that engages with local ecosystems, rather than limit itself to a closed laboratory.

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D-04

Title

Vessels of Care and Control: Prototypes of Compostcubator & Hivecubator

Cooperation

Watanabe Apiary Co., Ltd., Satoyama Hotel Tokiwaji, Suwa Pottery Studio, SymbioticA – The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia, Government of Western Australia – Department of Culture & the Arts.

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Oron & Ionat & Mike

Oron & Ionat & Mike Oron & Ionat & Mike

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