Operating at the boundary of biology and art, the exhibition Culture as Medium presents work made with the trillions upon trillions of tiny microbial travelers that live on, in, and around us. Tal Danino, Anna Dumitriu, and François-Joseph Lapointe—the artists and scientists featured in Culture as Medium—use bacteria to create research-based works in prints, performance, video, and fiber. The outcome of their experiments in the studio and lab is a provocative reexamination of what it means to be human. Spread out across different cultural districts in Baltimore City, the exhibition brings art, science, and the public into a three-fold dialogue with each unique space serving as a site for experimentation, ethical conversations, and a platform to present new research.
The Motor House is an arts hub for Station North supporting Baltimore’s vibrant and diverse urban arts scene and Baltimore Under Ground Science Space (BUGSS) is a 501(c)3 citizen science laboratory providing a place for people interested in biotechnology to learn, practice and hang-out with others fascinated by synthetic biology and biotechnology.
This exhibition is mounted as part of Maryland Institute College of Art’s Curatorial Practice MFA 2016 Thesis Exhibition. Designed to forge connections between art, artists, and the community, the program’s collaborative and individual curatorial projects encourage MFA candidates to explore new methods of exhibition presentation, thinking outside of traditional curatorial models and training to create relevant, timely, and accessible exhibitions for their audiences.