Art exhibition ‘synth-ethic

May 14th to June 26th 2011

synth-ethic presents art work related to Synthetic Biology: While artists increasingly use biotechnologies in order to manipulate living systems, the new field of Synthetic Biology aims at applying engineering principles to biology, so to not only modify but to build up „life“ from scratch. In the exhibition synth-ethic, internationally reknown artists question this new technological dimension and the deriving ethical stance when life becomes synthetic. Their works explore the areas of tension between molecular biology and ecology, architecture and biochemistry, technology and nature, cybernetics and alchemy. More…

Artists at synth-ethic:

Rachel Armstrong – Protocells Art Orienté objet – Que le cheval vive en moi
Adam Brown, Origins of Life Joe Davis – Bacterial Radio
Andy Gracie – Autoinducer Roman Kirschner – Roots
Chanteau und Tour – Nanoputians Tuur Van Baalen – Pigeon d´Or
Paul Vanouse – Latent Figure Protocol Tissue Culture and Art Project – Semi-living Worry Dolls


When:  synth-ethic opens its doors during the Bio:Fiction festival. The exhibition is open to the public from 14th of May to 26th of June 2011.

Where: synth-ethic is shown in Room 50 (2nd floor) of the Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria

Production company: Biofaction KGProducer and scientific curator: Dr. Markus Schmidt (Biofaction KG); Art Curator: Jens Hauser; 1st Production assistance: Sonja Schachinger; 2nd Production assistance: Camillo Meinhart; Main Cooperation Partner and Host: Naturhistorisches Museum Wien


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Life Technologies (Geneart AG)
Chair for Systems and Synthetic Biology, Wageningen University
Philipps-Universität Marburg, LOEWE Zentrum für Synthetische Mikrobiologie
European Science Foundation- EUROCORES- EUROSYNBIO
Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
Institute of Nanobiotechnology, University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology
Institut für Allgemeine und Experimentelle Pathologie, Medizinische Universität Wien