TC&A events and exhibitions 2008

Design and the Elastic Mind at MoMA New York, USA
24 February - 12 May, 2008
In the past few decades, individuals have experienced dramatic changes in some of the most established dimensions of human life: time, space, matter, and individuality. Working across several time zones, traveling with relative ease between satellite maps and nanoscale images, gleefully drowning in information, acting fast in order to preserve some slow downtime, people cope daily with dozens of changes in scale. Minds adapt and acquire enough elasticity to be able to synthesize such abundance. One of design's most fundamental tasks is to stand between revolutions and life, and to help people deal with change. Designers have coped with these displacements by contributing thoughtful concepts that can provide guidance and ease as science and technology evolve. Several of them—the Mosaic graphic user's interface for the Internet, for instance—have truly changed the world. Design and the Elastic Mind is a survey of the latest developments in the field. It focuses on designers' ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and social mores, changes that will demand or reflect major adjustments in human behavior, and convert them into objects and systems that people understand and use.
For more information, please visit: MoMA


sk-interfaces at FACT Liverpool, UK
1 February - 30 March, 2008
Curated by Jens Hauser (curator of Still, Living), A groundbreaking exhibition on the uncertain limits between art and science, sk-interfaces explores, materially and metaphorically, the concept of skin as a technological interface. This multi-disciplinary exhibition launches FACT's Human Futures programme. Designer hymens by medical artist Julia Reodica, a coat made of blended skin cultures by legendary French artist ORLAN, Jun Takita's model brain infused with glowing moss, and biotechnological 'leather' growing in the galleries by the Tissue Culture & Art Project - are some of the projects that reflect the curatorial concept of Jens Hauser in an approach involving science, politics, philosophy and architecture.”
For more information please visit: FACT


Fuse, Jam Factory, Adelaide, South Australia
26 January - 17 February 2008
For more information please visit: Jam Factory


NoArk on show at ARCO, Madrid, for VIDA 10.0 13 - 18 February, 2008
For more information please visit: VIDA 10.0ARCO


NoArk wins second prize in prestigious international art competition VIDA 10.0
The Tissue Culture & Art Project, received second prize in the prestigious international competition VIDA 10.0, rewarding excellence in artistic creativity utilising new technologies and artificial life. TC&A received the prize at the VIDA 10.0 Awards Ceremony and Gala Anniversary, held in Barcelona on the 29th of November, surrounded by artists, critics and experts in the relations between art, technology and biology.
A pioneering award in this field, this is the first time VIDA awarded a prize to a work based on biotechnology rather than electronics. Artistic director of the VIDA awards, Daniel Canogar, explained that the work met with much discussion inside the jury. NoArk was awarded second place as it dealt with the concept of life, in a broader sense. NoArk will be exhibited in 2008 at ARCO, the international contemporary art fair in Madrid, as part of VIDA’s 10th anniversary.
For more information please visit: VIDA 10.0ARCO