Oron Catts

ocOron Catts is the Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia.

He is also a Visiting Professor of Contestable Design, Royal College of Arts, London, and a Visiting Professor at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki.

He is an artist, designer, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project (established in 1996) is considered a leading biological art project. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA. Under Catts’ leadership SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) the WA Premier Science Award (2008) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008.

In 2009 Catts was recognised by Thames & Hudson’s “60 Innovators Shaping our Creative Future” book 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”.

Catts interest is Life; more specifically the shifting relations and perceptions of life in the light of new knowledge and it applications. Often working in collaboration with other artists (mainly Dr. Ionat Zurr) and scientists, Catts have developed a body of work that speaks volumes about the need for new cultural articulation of evolving concepts of life.

Catts was a Research Fellow in Harvard Medical School, a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University. Catts’ ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; his work is often cited as inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials, textiles, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.

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Victimless Leather- A Prototype of Stitch-less Jacket grown in a Technoscientific “Body”, Artists: The Tissue Culture & Art (Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr) Medium: Biodegradable polymer skin and bone cells from human and mouse, Dimension of original: variable, 2004

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‘Tissue Engineered Steak No.1’ 2000 A study for “Disembodied Cuisine” Artists: The Tissue Culture & Art (Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr & Guy Ben-Ary), Medium: Pre-Natal sheep skeletal muscle and degradable PGA polymer scaffold. 2000 Explanatory information: This was the first attempt to use tissue engineering for meat production without the need to slaughter animals.