BIOART: A conversation with Robert Styblo, Jack Butler, Marguerite Humeau, and Dolores Steinman

Bioartists and biological scientists in conversation with the creator of BioArt, Robert Styblo.


Jack Butler


Jack Butler currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. His hybrid practice uses the means and methods of visual art to produce research in two domains – medical science and collaborations with Inuit artists (the current project, Art & Cold Cash). With degrees in visual art and philosophy, Butler exhibits internationally with work in public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada.

Marguerite Humeau

Visual Artist

Marguerite Humeau is a French visual artist, based in London. Marguerite Humeau’s work explores the fictional potential of scientific experiments and the role of science in the creation of contemporary myths. The work is introduced as an epic quest, setting up an enigma, documenting the journey, and presenting its final outcomes. Humeau is a recent graduate of the Design Interactions MA course at the 
RCA. Her work has been recognised internationally through various awards and publications including I-D, Blueprint, Fastcompany, WMMNA and has recently exhibited at the MoMA, New York. Her work is also part of the MoMA permanent collection.

Photo credit: Wired UK

Dolores Steinman

Research Associate, University of Toronto

Dr. Dolores Steinman was trained as a Paediatrician and, upon relocating to Canada, obtained her PhD in Cell Biology. Currently she is a Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto and a volunteer Docent at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In her research she observes the rapport and the connection between medical imagery and its non-scientific counterparts. Her pursuit is driven by her keen interest in placing the ever increasingly technology-based medical research in the larger context of the humanities.

Robert Styblo


“Styblo TV & VideoproduktionsKG” was established in 2003 by Robert W. K. Styblo in Vienna, Austria. Styblo has been responsible for a variety of successful TV shows and documentaries. Styblo TV has produced in Munich, Berlin, London, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles and in the Caribbean. Styblo TV has produced underwater shoots and covered red carpet events like the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and even a segment in space. Styblo has also reported for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation show “25 – Das Magazin”, and was editor of the widely popular ORF show “Schoener leben”, “Better Living”, from 2004 to 2009. Styblo is currently working on exciting new documentaries.