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Talk: Marta de Menezes

Talk: Marta de Menezes

March 27, 2017 at 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: East Room Pierpont Commons, North Campus
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Marta de Menezes - Identity: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?

Monday March 27, 2017, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
East Room Pierpont Commons, North Campus

This talk explores contemporary practice, research and collaboration of artistic approaches in fields of Art and Biology. Marta de Menezes will discuss her methodology and meaning to generation to making artworks, a critical making through critical thinking. To situate the inquiry, she will draw upon her work, “Nature?”, “Proteic Portrait”, “Immortality for Two” and hint at current research projects featured in future workshops including “The Origin of Species” and “Truly Natural”. She will question our biological commonalities and challenge our conception of identity individually, as a species and as organisms while asking how the artistic manipulation of life shifts our sense of identity to give rise to new forms of (un)indentities.

Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist (b. Lisbon, 1975) with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden. She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures. She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal.

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