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BioArt Visionary @CBIS with Miriam Simun

November 16, 2022 @ 12:30 pm 2:00 pm EST

Corporeal Entanglements All The Way Down

Join us for this virtual session of the series BioArt Visionary @CBIS, presented in conjunction with RPI’s Center for Biotechnology, the ARTS department & the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and the Sanctuary’s NATURE Lab.

The BioArt Visionary @CBIS is sponsored by RPI’s Arts department, the iEAR Presents series, the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and the Sanctuary for Independent Media’s NATURE Lab initiative.

The iEAR Presents series has been generously supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts by approval of the New York State legislature and the Governor. We are grateful for this support!

If collision is understood as a form of disturbance (in the ecological sense), then in disturbance we find not only damage, but also the opportunity for renewal. As we collide in new and ancient ways, we discover, as the poet Fred Moten said, “a shared need to renew our habits of assembly.” I work with sensorial, corporeal experience e as sites of multi-species, multi-epistemological assembly. The corporeal is political, the political is corporeal. What happens when we treat bioart as performance art and performance art as bioart?

An image of Miriam Simun, a light-skinned woman, wearing a full-body wetsuit preparing for a dive, walking down a set of stairs surrounded by rocks.

Miriam Simun works at the intersection of ecology, technology and the body, spanning multiple formats including video, performance, installation, writing, and communal sensorial experiences. Of chief concern is the collision of bodies (human and non) with rapidly evolving techno-ecosystems. If collision can be understood to be a form of disturbance (in the ecological sense), then in disturbance we move through damage to an opportunity for renewal. Simun’s centers the sensorial as imperative for this renewal. 

Their work has been presented internationally, including Gropius Bau (Berlin), New Museum (New York), Himalayas Museum (Shanghai), The Contemporary (Baltimore) and the Bogota Museum of Modern Art (Bogota) and has been supported by Creative Capital and the Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell, and Onassis Foundations. More at

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