With biotechnologies, synthetic biology and artificial life, artists have opened new avenues in the the world of art. Emerging projects using these technologies and concepts involve going from still to autonomous objects to living creatures, exploring the thin border between animate and inanimate, and confronting the grown, the evolved, the born and the built. As a result, these works raise not only aesthetic issues, but also social, political and ethical ones as well.
In the groundbreaking Meta-Life collection, editors have commissioned original essays by key figures in these fields, and collected the ideas and practices of artists, theoreticians, and historians involved in these areas.
An exo-life may very well not come from a meteorite hitting the Earth, but from the lab designed by a scientist—or artist—weaving biology and computing in a petri dish or a bioreactor vessel.