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This collaboration between Biology and Art focuses on changing notions of selfhood in the context of knowledge about the microbiome. The symposium features an art exhibition, lecture by guest speaker Dr. Charissa Terranova, public dialogue and critique.


Art Exhibition: The exhibition will feature both scientific research conducted by Dr. David Gondek’s microbiology students and artwork based on the research, by Professor Sarah Sutton’s Intermediate and Advanced Drawing.   

Lecture: Dr. Charissa Terranova, Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, will present a lecture titled Towards a Scalar Identity Politics: Bacteria and Embodying the Molecular Self at 5:30 pm. Dr. Terranova researches complex biological systems from a cultural purview, focusing on the history of evolutionary theory, biology, and biocentrism in art, architecture, and design. The talk centers on how bacteria based bioart expands identity politics.  Identity actualizes at varying scales: biologically in terms of evolution according to the fundamental definitions of “life” as well as culturally at the level of gender and race. 


The Ithaca College Creative Space Gallery is located at 950 Danby Rd, directly across from campus. The entrance is at Loading Dock 5 and there is plenty of free parking.  


Project Website:

Dr. Charissa Terranova

This project was supported by President's Seed Grant Initiative.



Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Sarah Sutton at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Please join is for the Extended Self: Art and the Microbiome Symposium from 5-7 on Friday March 23rd at the Ithaca College Art Department Creative Space Gallery | 0 Comments |
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