Hideo Iwasaki instructs Oron Catts in cyanobacteria protocols.
Hideo Iwasaki is working in the fields of both biological science and contemporary art. He obtained his Ph.D. in biology from Nagoya University (1999), and is currently working at Waseda University (2005-), and a PRESTO Researcher of JST (2007-). As a biologist, he has studied spatio-temporal pattern formation dynamics in cyanobacteria, including molecular genetics of biological clocks, reconstitution of in vitro circadian biochemical oscillations, quantitative analysis of spatial patterning with cell differentiation, and population dynamics of colony pattern formations. As an artist, he has produced contemporary abstract paper cut art to be exhibited as three-dimensional installations, and worked on lab biomedia art, especially using cyanobacteria. At his lab both fine/media artists and scientists share the benches for biology and art simultaneously. His artworks have been invited to Havana Biennial, SICF, Holland Paper Biennial, Artist-in-Residence in Linz. He is co-founder of the Japanese Society for Cell Synthesis Research, and the head of the Socio-Cultural Unit. www.f.waseda.jp/hideo-iwasaki/
Oron Catts is an artist, researcher and curator whose work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project (which he founded in 1996) has been exhibited and presented internationally and is part of the NY MoMA design collection. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, an artistic research laboratory housed within the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. Under Oron's leadership, SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008. In 2009 Oron was recognised by Thames & Hudson's "60 Innovators Shaping our Creative Future" book as one of five in the category "Beyond Design", and by Icon Magazine (UK) as one of the top 20 Designers, "making the future and transforming the way we work". Oron was a Research Fellow in Harvard Medical School and a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University. www.tca.uwa.edu.au www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au