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Talking BIO·FICTION

14 Apr 2021 19:00 — 21:00

21 Apr 2021 19:00 — 21:00

28 Apr 2021 19:00 — 21:00

Location: online

Talking BIO·FICTION
on Wednesdays
via Zoom | in English

April 14, 19–21h (Finnish time, UTC+2) 
with Kaisu Koski and Peter Lloyd Jones

April 21, 19–21h (Finnish time, UTC+2)
with Régine Debatty

April 28, 19–21h (Finnish time, UTC+2)
with Danai Anagnostou

Talking BIO·FICTION is a discussion format that gives space to reflect together on the content and context of the selected films that will be watched together. The hosts facilitate the different sessions and offer their expertise and impulses to dig a little deeper into what might have caught your interest while watching.

The sessions take place online over zoom. To register for one or more of them, please send an email to signmeup@bioartsociety.fi before the event. 

On April 14, the films discussed are Paramusical Ensemble, Erase Love, and Adam & Eve MK II. The session is hosted by Kaisu Koski and Peter Lloyd Jones.

During the second session on April 21, the film programme includes Mind Mightier Than Might, Reboot, and 2050. The evening is hosted by Régine Debatty.

The last session on April 28 features the films Carlotta’s Face, Perfectly Natural, and The Auxiliary. The session is hosted by Danai Anagnostou.

Click here to read the film descriptions and to learn more about the BIO·FICTION programme at Bioart Society.

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Accessibility info:

The films are subtitled in English unless the spoken language is English. The films with English dialogue and no subtitles are Paramusical EnsembleReboot, and Perfectly NaturalAdam & Eve MK II has no dialogue.

The discussion rounds will not be subtitled. If you wish to include your own sign language translator and have questions, please contact our producer Lisa Kalkowski, lisa.kalkowski@bioartsociety.fi

Safer space guidelines for Bioart Society's online events:

1. Let’s not assume the identity, sexuality, gender, pronoun, health or sickness, ability, or background of others.

2. Let’s not assume consent. Ask, respect the answer you receive, and apologize when needed.

3. Respect the opinions, beliefs, experiences, and personal space of each other.

4. Be aware of your prejudices, privileges, behaviour, and the space you occupy. 

5. Let’s act with positive intent and take care of each other.

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About the hosts:

Kaisu Koski is a cross-disciplinary artist and an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University. She works with installation, film, performance, and organic material such as plants and soil. Koski collaborates with scientists, clinicians, and engineers, currently focusing on human-nonhuman relationships, simulation, and empathy. She has conducted fellowships in various medical schools and created films for medical curricula on topics such as vaccine-hesitancy and breaking bad news. Her work has been exhibited and performed in multiple gallery shows and theatres and received awards in the film festival circuit. The venues include Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Hasselt Triennial, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Estonian Museum of Applied Arts, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki International Film Festival, and Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. She has also received several research grants, including funding from the Academy of Finland and the Portuguese National Science Foundation.
 
Peter Lloyd Jones is a biologist, studio scientist and Professor of Design at Lab4Living at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), UK. Before joining SHU, Jones was the inaugural Associate Dean for Emergent Design and Creative Technologies in Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and co-founder of the Sabin+Jones LabStudio at The University of Pennsylvania. An overarching theme of Jones's research is to radically improve human and planetary health, especially for those whose voices and needs are unmet by current systems. Jones has authored more than 200 manuscripts, proceedings, commentaries and books/chapters in science, medicine, architecture and design. In parallel, Jones's hybrid collaborations have been supported and shown internationally, including at the American Society for Cell Biology, the American Physiological Society, MIT, SIGGRAPH galleries, DesignPhiladelphia, Ars Electronica, and V&A London. In 2020, Jones co-founded the emergent, anti-disciplinary research entity Germini with Dr. Kaisu Koski. 

Régine Debatty is a blogger, curator and art critic. In 2004, she created http://we-make-money-not-art.com/, a blog that has received numerous distinctions over the years. Régine writes and lectures internationally about the way artists, hackers and designers use science and technology as a medium for critical discussion.

Danai Anagnostou is a producer for Film, Media & Live Art. She is currently the film curator for the Museum of Impossible Forms. In 2020, she began her doctoral studies at Aalto University, School of Film, Television, and Scenography where she studies hybrid models for production, curation, and education in the field of filmmaking. 

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BIO·FICTION is part of the ERA-NET project FUTUREBODY and funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF: I 3752-B27). The BIO·FICTION programme at Bioart Society is funded via the Biofriction European collaboration project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European.