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There's something growing at Bozar

In the run-up to the STARTS Prize '21 exhibition at Bozar, a temporary laboratory was set up at the Centre for Fine Arts for one of the many art projects. Curious to see how it goes? Follow it closely here in our video diary.

In the pop-up lab, the work of Slovenian artist Zoran Srdić Janežič is created gradually. The artwork is called Biobot, in which he tries to make a bionic organism that combines mechatronical parts with biological parts. Working with living organism always requires a very special approach, which is linked to the necessary time you need for growing these organisms. In the lab, neurons are going to be grown. Over the weeks, a biotechnician will take care of the living neurons. But the neurons are not the artwork. The artwork is a performance in which Zoran will try to teach a robot to move, using neurons and with the help of a deep learning algorithm.

12 November: assembly of the lab

22 November: hand-over between the Slovenian and the Belgian biotechnician

In the context of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Watch the interview with Zoran Srdić Janežič, artist of the Biobot project, made during his STARTS residency in 2020.