Bio Art

Altered Realities


The first authoritative guide to an emerging field of artistic practice at the boundary of art and science


ISBN: 9780500239322 Categories: ,

William Myers


Bio Art responds to the new and often distorting realities revealed by the advance of the life sciences. This book traces the roots of bio art practice and explores this expanding field. Work is shown by more than sixty contemporary artists who blend techniques from the laboratory – such as tissue culturing and genetic engineering – with traditional art-making.

The results, both beautiful and alarming, offer new meanings for our lives in the wake of scientific discovery, and evoke an ominous future where human manipulation of the natural world has altered cultural norms.

The book probes the key areas in which biotechnology has had an impact on today’s world, from ecology and biomedicine to designer genomes and evolutionary theory, profiling works by artists, collectives and organizations from all over th world. Interviews with eight leading bio artists and technologists provide a deeper insight into the ideas and methods of this new breed of creative practitioner.

Bio Art will appeal to artists and scientists interested in cross-disciplinary practice, as well as critics, students and anyone with a fascination for the evolving cultural perception and representation of scientific change.

Additional information

Weight 1366 g
Dimensions 21.6 x 26 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2015
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.6 x 26 cm
Weight 1366 g


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William Myers is a design writer based in New York and a graduate of the inaugural class of the School of Visual Arts' MFA program in design criticism. Most recently he worked on 'Why Design Now?', the Design Triennial exhibition of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York. He currently teaches design history at Hunter College and works in licensing management for the Museum of Modern Art, New York.