Post-Natural Properties: The Art of Patented Life Forms

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 06:30
ZERO1 Garage

Post-Natural Properties: The Art of Patented Life Forms, Featuring Phill Ross & Rich Pell from WMS media Inc. on Vimeo.

Join us for a discussion led by artists Phil Ross and Rich Pell related to genomics, genetics and other areas of the life sciences. Post Natural refers to living organisms that have been altered through processes such as genetic bleeding. Both artists hold a strong interest in biology and experimentation. Come to the ZERO1 Garage and hear Ross and Pell speak about their research, examination, and emerging techonologies around new life forms. 

Date: Thursday, October 17th
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: ZERO1 Garage
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The Patent Pending Talk series has been generously supported by DLA Piper and is a partner program with the San Jose Museum of Art's Around the Table exhibition series. 

More about the speakers:

Phil Ross
Ross is an artist, curator, and academic whose research based artworks and events place natural systems within a frame of social and historic contexts. He has received commissions from The Exploratorium and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Architecture at the University of San Francisco. Exhibitions include: Ars Electronica (2012, 2008); the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University (2012); and the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2008).

Richard Pell
Pell received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon and now teaches various kinds of Electronic Media here in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon. His research involves an examination of the social implications of emerging technologies ranging from robotics to biotech.  Pell's main research focus, The Center for PostNatural History (CPNH), is currently in residence at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU. The CPNH is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge relating to the complex interplay between culture, nature and biotechnology. In 1998 Pell co-founded The Institute for Applied Autonomy, a collective of engineers, artists and activists united by the cause of individual and collective self-determination. Towards this end, the IAA produced several highly acclaimed projects including, The Robotic GraffitiWriterStreetWriter, iSeeTXTmob andTerminal Air.


This talk was a part of the San Jose Museum of Art's Around the Table festival. Around the Table: food, creativity, community is a festival of activities that celebrates and explores the role food plays in our lives. 38 Bay Area organizations are presenting projects by local farmers, artists, designers, architects, performers, and activists through the spring of 2014. Highlights include exhibitions, visits to farms, performance art and theatre, lectures and panel discussions, and edible plantings downtown. For more information visit