Ionat Zurr

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M309), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • The University of Western Australia (M433), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Research

Biological Art

Art & Science 

Visual Art

Automations Cultures

The Tissue Culture & Art Project https://tcaproject.net/ 

Biography

Ionat Zurr is an artist researcher who is considered to be a pioneer and a leader in the field of Biological Arts (or bioart). She is Chair of the Fine Arts Discipline at the School of Design and academic coordinator of SymbioticA at the School of Human Sciences at UWA.

Ionat’s artist studio is the laboratory where she works with living cells as an artistic palette. Ionat critically explores the aesthetic, ethical and cultural implications of using life as a technology and its effects on bodies and ecologies. Her collaborative work includes a tiny jacket grown from mouse embryonic stem cells as an ironic sustainable solution; a tissue-engineered frog steak and a six-tonne compost pile used as a heating mechanism for growing cells in a custom-made incubator.

Ionat has been a visiting scholar at The Centre of Arts and Art History at Stanford University and Research Fellow at The Tissue Engineering & Organ Fabrication Laboratory, Harvard Medical School.

Her work has been exhibited at museums such as Pompidou Centre in Paris, MoMA NY, Mori Art Museum Japan, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Ars Electronica Austria, National Art Museum of China.

Ionat’s ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; her work is often cited as an inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials, textiles, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research expertise keywords

  • Biological art
  • BioArt
  • Bioethics and philosophy
  • Science technology society (STS) studies
  • Cultural studies

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