Biofilia

History of Biofilia

Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts, a biological art unit was launched under the School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2012. It offers a platform for trans-disciplinary research and education that aims to create cultural discussions and innovations around the topics related to the manipulation of life and biological processes at a practical and theoretical level, including philosophical and ethical dimensions.
Photo: Antti Huittinen

The Biofilia laboratory and program was set up during 2011-2013 by a team consisting of professor Helena Sederholm, project manager Ulla Taipale and laboratory manager Marika Hellman, in close cooperation with Ionat Zurr and Oron Catts, artists and founders of SymbioticA – Centre for Excellence for Biological Arts in University of Western Australia. 

Since 2014, Biofilia has been integrated to the new Master's Programme in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art at Aalto ARTS, and headed by Professor Pia Lindman. Marika Hellman continues as Laboratory Manager.

Since 2015, Biofilia has been part of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture's infra. Marika Hellman continues as Laboratory Manager. Biofilia is a platform for experimentation, but it doesn't provide independent content as such. For more information, contact the Lab Manager.

During summer 2017, Biofilia moved to new location in Otaniemi at the School of Chemical Engineering.

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