WA Now – Biomess – The Tissue Culture and Art Project (Oron Catts / Ionat Zurr)

Exhibition and Shows

8 Sep 2018 to 3 Dec 2018

Based at the University of Western Australia, SymbioticA (The Tissue Culture and Art Project) has been exploring the intersections of science and art since 2000. Established by Artist, Oron Catts, along with Cell Biologist, Miranda Grounds and Neuroscientist, Stuart Bunt, the core creative team now consists of Catts and Ionat Zurr.

Together and with their expanded team of artists and scientists, they explore the creative and ethical implications of developments in the biological sciences. They investigate about what science is doing, what it is capable of, and how our conceptions of life might be altered in the process and how futures might be shaped accordingly.

This exhibition, Biomess, coincides with the celebration of the 200th year since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In response, it looks at existing “Frankensteins” of the natural world, beings that confound our usual ways of thinking about animal life with a creative presentation of specimens from the WA Museum and examples of real life animal “oddities.”

It also includes new organisims grown by the artists that open up new possibilities for temporary biological structures.

Presented in the mode of a high-end retail fit-out, it also looks at the commodification of the natural world.


Art & Culture Disabled access available Family Family Friendly Free Wifi Lockers Non Smoking Parents Room Public Toilet Shop


Free Entry

Event Times

8 Sep 2018 to 3 Dec 2018

Daily Event


Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, 6000

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Crown Metropol Perth, Western Australia

Crown Metropol Perth

Burswood, Victoria Park

Mountway Holiday Apartments, Perth, Western Australia

Mountway Holiday Apartments


Seven88 Alfresco Area at Holiday Inn Perth City Centre

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre


Pan Pacific Perth, Perth, Western Australia

Pan Pacific Perth


Crown Promenade Perth, Western Australia

Crown Promenade Perth

Burswood, Victoria Park

ECU Village Mt Lawley, Mt Lawley, Western Australia

ECU Village Mt Lawley

Mount Lawley, Stirling

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