Ionat Zurr is the Chair of the Fine Arts Discipline at the School of Design and a Researcher at SymbioticA: The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia.
This year she received an Australian Research Council Award to explore the cultural and intellectual history of automated labour (co-authored with Sarah Collins, Elizabeth Stephens & Oron Catts). For more: https://automationcultures.com/
Zurr is the editor of the upcoming book series Palgrave BioArt, which is now welcoming original manuscripts.
Zurr’s interest is Life, more specifically the shifting relations and perceptions of life in the light of new knowledge and its applications. Often working in collaboration with Oron Catts, and other artists and scientists, she has developed a body of work that speaks volumes about the need for new cultural articulations of evolving concepts of life.
She is considered one of the pioneers in the field of Biological Arts (AKA as BioArt) ; she publish widely and exhibit internationally. Her work was exhibited and collected by museums such as Pompidou Centre in Paris, MoMA NY, Mori art Museum, NGV, GoMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Ars Electronica, National Art Museum of China and more.
Zurr ideas and projects reach beyond the confines of art; her work is often cited as inspiration to diverse areas such as new materials, textiles, robotics, design, architecture, ethics, fiction, and food.