Ionat Zurr and Oron Catts
2019 Guest Artists
Artists and researchers, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr formed the internationally renowned Tissue Culture & Art Project in 1996 which lead to the establishment of SymbioticA Laboratory in 2000. Catts is the Co-Founder and Director of SymbioticA: the Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and was a Professor of Contestable Design at the Royal College for the Arts UK. Dr Ionat Zurr is a researcher and lecturer at the School of Design UWA and SymbioticA’s academic co-ordinator. Catts & Zurr’s interest is Life, more specifically the shifting relations and perceptions of life in the light of new knowledge and its applications. Often working in collaboration with other artists and scientists, they have developed a body of work that speaks volumes about the need for new cultural articulations of evolving concepts of life. Catts & Zurr ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; their work is often cited as an inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials, textiles, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.
In 2019, Catts and Zurr visited CERN as part of the Guest Artist Programme. During their visit, they presented their work at Symbiotica to CERN's community.