March 13: New media/culture expert discusses bioart

Mondloch-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Bioart works by a contemporary Australian artist will be discussed by a new media and culture professor at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in Communication Addition 21 at Washington State University.

Patricia Piccinini; The Long Awaited 2008 (detail); silicone, fiberglass, human hair, plywood, leather, clothing.

“Unbecoming Human: Patricia Piccinini’s Bioart” will be discussed by Kate Mondloch, associate professor and director of the new media and culture certificate at the University of Oregon. Her visit is sponsored by the WSU Fine Arts Visiting Artist Committee.

Mondloch teaches courses in contemporary art and theory. Her research interests focus on late 20th and early 21st century art, theory and criticism, particularly as these areas intersect with the cultural, social and aesthetic possibilities of new technologies.

Piccinini’s startling sculptures examine the connections between science and nature, art and the environment. Audiences are drawn to her works because they appear so real; yet they are creatures of her imagination developed to consider a strange new world of artificial or mutant beings derived from experimental biotechnology.