Biofilia - Base for Biological Arts

About Biofilia


New learning and research environment at the intersection of art,  life sciences and technology.

Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts, a biological art unit was launched under the Aalto ARTS in 2012. It offers a platform for trans-disciplinary research and education that aim at creating cultural discussion and innovation around the topics related to the manipulation of life and biological processes at a practical and theoretical level, including philosophical and ethical dimensions.

Biofilia provides artists, researchers, students and scholars with the ability to engage with the life sciences and their applications within an artistic and cultural context, thus making creative and critical links between biosciences, engineering and the arts.

History in Brief

Biofilia laboratory and program was set up during 2011-2013 by a team consisting of professor Helena Sederholm, project manager Ulla Taipale  and laboratory manager Marika Hellman, in close cooperation with Ionat Zurr and Oron Catts, artists and founders of the SymbioticA – Centre for Excellence for Biological Arts in University of Western Australia.

Since 2014, Biofilia has been integrated to the new Master Program in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art at Aalto ARTS, and headed by Professor Pia Lindman. Marika Hellman continues as Laboratory Manager.

Since, 2015 Biofilia has been part of ARTS Infra. Marika Hellman continues as Laboratory Manager. Biofilia is a platform to experiment but it doesn't provide independent content as such. More information, contact Lab Manager.

During summer 2017, Biofilia moved to new location in Otaniemi - School of Chemical Engineering.

Video of Aalto Biofilia 



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