19th International Congress of Aesthetics:

Aesthetics in Action

July 21-27, 2013

Jagiellonian University
Auditorium Maximum
Krupnicza 33
Kraków, Poland

The First International Congress of Aesthetics (ICA) was organized by Max
Dessoir in Berlin in 1913. A second congress took place in Paris in 1937.
Interrupted by the Second World War, the congresses resumed in 1956, when
the third congress was held in Venice. Until 2000 all congresses were held
in Europe. An increasing interest in aesthetics and a greater concern for
international communication has enlarged the geographical scope to include a
global perspective. The 19th Jubilee Congress will take place exactly one
hundred years after the first congress in Berlin 1913.

Bioart Panel I:
Towards a New Transaesthetics: Aesthetics and Ontology in Current Bio Art

Chair: Dr. Ingeborg Reichle (Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany)
Dr. Ingeborg Reichle (Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Nicole C. Karafyllis (Technische Universitaet Braunschweig,
Prof. Suzanne Anker (School of Visual Arts, New York, United States)
Prof. Dr. Jos de Mul (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Bioart Panel II:
Aesthetics and Politics of Biotechnological Art

Chair: Doc. Dr. Polona Tratnik (University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia)
Prof. Dr. María Antonia González Valerio (National Autonomous University
of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico)
Prof. Dr. Miško Šuvaković (Faculty of Music, Belgrade, Serbia)
Doc. Dr. Polona Tratnik (University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia)
Dr. Melentie Pandilovski (Video Pool Media Arts Centre in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada)

The Cultured Cell: Reframing Life
Prof. Suzanne Anker (School of Visual Arts, New York, United States)

Revisioning life through technological intervention continues to create
living matter in novel and sometimes controversial ways. From frozen embryos
and stem cells to purple and orange cauliflower to bio-printed organs, the
cultured cell is a living technological entity. Coming into existence
through means of biological mimicry and selective breeding, how can these
organisms be classified in Linnaean terms? Tissue culturing of plants can
create a million molecularly identical plants from a small amount of stock.
Plants can be made from stems and leaves, assigning a new status to seeds.
In light of Walter Benjamin’s seminal essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of
Mechanical Reproduction,” we now turn our attention to mechanical
reproduction of living entities. This talk will address the expanding fields
of Bio Art and design and the ways in which they are being incorporated into
the social order.

Download complete abstracts and bios for the Bioart Panels