Faces of Bioart: Depicting the Psychology of Petri Dishes and Chromosomes with Suzanne Anker

26/02/2016 - 4 minutes

Suzanne Anker is a must-know in the BioArt community, with expositions around the world and directing her own BioArt lab in New York. She explores artefacts that have become icons of Biology – such as chromosomes, MRI scans and Petri dishes. 

Around the same time the Human Genome Project was initiated, Anker exhibited Zoosemiotics (1993). Taking its name after the study of animal communications, the exhibition showed stunning bronze sculptures of chromosomes of different animals.

Chromosomes remain popular as distinct visual shapes of our gene. But like with any representation, it can be misleading.

Anker exhibited the sculptures by positioning a glass flask in front of them, through which one could see different perspectives of the sculptures – amplified, deformed and wrapped.

Anker also explored the human fascination with Neurology – i.e. ‘Neuroculture‘ through her exhibition, MRI butterfly (2012). Read her essay on the subject for Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

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