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We are realizing interactive shows on genetic issues as a new format for participatory artistic-scientific research. In museums, on stage and at scientific conferences, together with the audience we are exploring questions of otherness, of body politics and the speculative aspects of art and science.

We are realizing interactive shows on genetic issues as a new format for participatory artistic-scientific research. In museums, on stage and at scientific conferences, together with the audience we are exploring questions of otherness, of body politics and the speculative aspects of art and science.

In a collective of scientists and artists we are running the cross-disciplinary joint projects of the “Arts in Medicine” program at the Center for Public Health, Vienna Medical University (Klaus Spiess: Art&Science Director) together with Berlin University of the Arts (Fellow: Lucie Strecker, Artistic Director), the Medical Museum of Copenhagen University (Postdoc Jens Hauser: Theory of BioArt), the Arts and Psychiatry section of the World Psychiatric Association (Chair: Hans-Otto Thomashoff) and the Department of Cellular Biology/Genetics of Salzburg University (working group led by Mark Rinnerthaler).

We carry out foundational artistic-scientific research and develop it into participatory performances, in which we share our research, knowledge and sensations with specialist audiences. We develop experimental set ups that deal with the history, the future and the ethical contexts of engineered  beings, which are half natural, half artificial and are based on the idea of micro-performativity.. The life performances partly are build on the techniques of US reality TV shows, Viennese actionism and quirky British humor as well as they explore the subjects of the grotesque body and queerness

We have already presented our work at Tanzquartier Wien, Center for Contemporary Dance and Performance, at the Biofiction Festival in the Natural History Museum Vienna, as well as internationally at the Beall Center of Arts and Technology, University of California Irvine among others.  Our projects are funded by the Arts and Culture Department of the Federal Chancellery of Austria, the Department II/7 of the Vienna City Council, the EU FP 7, the Einstein Foundation and the Austrian Science Fund. They have received awards such as the “Performing Science Prize” at the Center for Media and Interactivity of Justus-Liebig University, Gießen, and the Prix Ars Electronica, as well as they have been honoured by the Austrian Science Fund. We further distribute our research by publishing in international peer reviewed journals like Performance Research and The Lancet Psychiatry.