SYNTH-ETHIC Art Exhibition

The art exhibition ‘synth-ethic’ presented art work related to Synthetic Biology: While artists increasingly use biotechnologies in order to manipulate living systems, the new field of Synthetic Biology aims at applying engineering principles to biology, so to not only modify but to build up „life“ from scratch. In the exhibition synth-ethic, internationally reknown artists question this new technological dimension and the deriving ethical stance when life becomes synthetic. Their works explore the areas of tension between molecular biology and ecology, architecture and biochemistry, technology and nature, cybernetics and alchemy.

Read more about the participating projects here.


Artists at synth-ethic:

  • Adam Brown, Origins of Life
  • Roman Kirschner – Roots
  • Tuur Van Baalen – Pigeon d´Or
  • Paul Vanouse – Latent Figure Protocol
  • Chanteau und Tour – Nanoputians
  • Andy Gracie – Autoinducer
  • Tissue Culture and Art Project – Semi-living Worry Dolls
  • Rachel Armstrong – Protocells
  • Art Orienté Objet – Que le cheval vive en moi
  • Joe Davis – Bacterial Radio

Web: www.biofaction.com/synth-ethic

When: synth-ethic opened its doors during the Bio:Fiction festival. The exhibition was open to the public from May 14 – June 26, 2011.

Where: synth-ethic was shown in Room 50 (2nd floor) of the Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria

Who: synth-ethic was produced by Biofaction KG in cooperation with the Museum of Natural History. Producer and scientific concept: Dr. Markus Schmidt; curator: Jens Hauser; production assistant: Sonja Schachinger.

Supporters of synth-ethic:

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Life Technologies (Geneart AG)
  • Chair for Systems and Synthetic Biology, Wageningen University
  • Philipps-Universität Marburg, LOEWE Zentrum für Synthetische Mikrobiologie
  • European Science Foundation- EUROCORES- EUROSYNBIO
  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • Institute of Nanobiotechnology, University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology – ACIB
  • Aculab
  • Institut für Allgemeine und Experimentelle Pathologie, Medizinische Universität Wien