Verena Friedrich talks about her work-in-progress “Cellular Performance” that she has been developing during residencies at “SymbioticA – Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts” in Perth, Australia and the “Laboratory of Stem Cell Bioengineering” at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Human skin cells have been maniulated to grow into predefined patterns and recorded via time-lapse imaging techniques. The cells are forming up to legible text fragments and disperse again over time—visualizing terms culled from the advertising language of care products industry. Verena will talk about the background of the project as well as her research and practical work in the field of “cell patterning” and micro-engineering.
Artist, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany
Verena Friedrich is an artist who develops concept-driven artworks in the form of installations, objects and robotics. Her work includes the use of electronics, digital and sculptural media as well as the use of biological material. Shown internationally, her work has for example been granted the International Media Art Award for Science and Art from ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany). Since 2009 she is developing her project „Cellular Performance“ in collaboration with several scientific partner institutions and funding bodies. Verena is currently based in Germany where she is working as a scientific research assistant at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
Ph.D. student, Laboratory of Stem Cell Bioengineering, EPFL Lausanne
Adrian Ranga is a bioengineer developing 3D cellular patterning platforms. Using high-throughput robotics to encapsulate cells in biomimetic hydrogels, he explores the relationship between stem cell fate and the extracellular microenvironment, and the subsequent assembly of these cells into spatially ordered structures. Trained as a mechanical engineer at McGill University and the Montreal Heart Institute, he has been involved in academic research as well as in industrial collaborations in the medical device and biotech industries, in Canada and in Switzerland. Adrian is currently based in Lausanne, where he is completing his PhD in the Laboratory for Stem Cell Bioengineering at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne).