ARTF2031 Art and the Life Sciences

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Fine Arts; Humanities in Health and Medicine major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Design and Creative Arts, Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop, extend and focus their technical skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding within a particular field of biotechnological art. Using the laboratory as their studio, students are expected to advance and apply their knowledge of biotechnological principles and techniques in the artistic research, conceptualisation and creation of their art. This unit emphasises the importance of critical, conceptual and interdisciplinary engagement with the complexities that underpin the relationship between creative work and the broader cultural and technological framework. This is the second unit in the art and biotechnologies specialisation for students enrolled in the Fine Arts major and, in preparation for Level 3, students begin working towards developing a self-directed practice.
Students are able to (1) discuss your creative work in relation to the historical and contemporary contexts relevant to the biotechnological arts; (2) utilise appropriate methods and strategies to aid the effective development and execution of your creative work; (3) apply creative and critical processes to the development of your ideas and creative work through reflection on your biotechnological art; (4) articulate a clear and comprehensive creative concept which is verified during development and resolution; (5) demonstrate expertise in a focused field within the life sciences; and (6) communicate information, ideas and proposals effectively in written, oral and creative modes.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) creative work; (2) written work; and (3) oral presentation(s). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ionat Zurr
Unit rules
ARTF2000 (formerly VISA2051 Curatorial Practices)
any 1 of ARTF2020 (formerly VISA2050 Video Art: Experimental Investigations), ARTF2030 (formerly VISA2249 Art and Life Manipulation), or, ARTF2040 Earth, Water, Air & Fire: material explorations in environmental art.
VISA2214 Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Fine Arts consumables (estimated cost - $75-$350).
Contact hours
Up to 5 hours per week.
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