The Question Concerning Technology and Biology

The Question Concerning Technology and Biology

The Question Concerning Technology and Biology (A conference held on 19-20 December 2016)



In which arenas are biology & technology cooperating, complementing each other, coevolving and possibly merging, and in which are they competing, merely mimicking one another, or pulling towards different ends? What sort of boundary work between the made and the born is involved in these processes? Each panel engages a different type of relationship between biology and technology that is addressed by the multiple perspectives of science, humanities, and the arts.


lectures list:


December 19 (Monday)



Moshe Kol, Tel Aviv University 
Raz Chen-Morris, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Elana Gomel, Tel Aviv University 


The Anthropocene: Mimicry and Beyond


Dana Zelig, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

Growing Patterns 

Yoram Reich, Tel Aviv University 
Pieter Lemmens, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands 

 Biology as Technology


Ehud Shapiro, Weizmann Institute of Science

Christopher Coenen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany 
Denisa Kera, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 




Peter-Paul Verbeek, Twente University, The Netherlands 



December 20 (Tuesday)


 The Technologization of Biology


Noam Shomron, Tel Aviv University 

Tamar Sharon, Maastricht University, The Netherlands 
Nurit Bar Shai, artist 


Cyborg 1: Between Disability and Enhancement


Iddo Gruengard, multidisciplinary artist 

Amir Amedi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Dov Greenbaum, Yale University & IDC Herzliya


Cyborg 2: Synergy in Virtual/Augmented Reality


Galit Wellner, The NB School of Design & Tel Aviv University 

Daniel Landau, Aalto University, Finland 
Miriam Reiner, Technion-Israeli Institute of Technology 


 Back to the Future


Ehud Gazit, Tel Aviv University 

Oron Catts, The University of Western Australia 
Ehud Lamm, Tel Aviv University 
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