a citizen-scientist speculating on the future

Episode 4 - Bioart imitating life imitating bioart: A conversation with bioartist Kathy High.

Bioartist Kathy High as David Bowie in her exhibition "Waste Matters."

Bioartist Kathy High as David Bowie in her exhibition "Waste Matters."

This episode really gets at what I’m trying to do here and I hope you like it. 

My guest Kathy High is a Modern Artist who uses a wide range of media from experimental and documentary video, to sculpture and interactive installation pieces. Her work has appeared in the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, among others. 

Kathy is Professor of Video and New Media in the Department of Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She is one of the founders and curators of the Bio Arts initiative at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. You can find out more information and see her work at

Over the last 15 years or so she she has become a leading artist and philosopher Bioart. Partnering with research scientists, she uses the tools of modern biology to create works that challenge viewers to examine the social and cultural effects of biotechnology. Her recent works have used transgenic animals, or human derived immune cells. And she is becoming increasingly interested in the human micro-biome, specifically the emerging medical practice of therapeutic fecal transplantation. 

I spoke to Kathy after she presented a lecture entitled "Manipulating Art and Living Systems,” at UCLA, hosted by UCLA’s Art Sci center, a collaboration between UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute and the Department of Design Media Arts (DMA). Her exhibition "Waste Matters: You Are My Future" is at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute through May 7.