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“no matter what tools or complexity goes into [making the artwork]… the art has to be able to capture someone’s emotions when they look at it… so whatever happens in the process - if advancements are made or not – if the science and technology can be used or not - it still functions to inspire this hope and this thinking of enhancing humanity for the better.” – Amy Karle
“Art is about visions, about future ideas, and poses possibilities… The outcomes of artsciecne collaboration… can be envisioning futures or questioning ideas, or making completely new statements… Amy Karle explores the meaning of being human and the human condition. She is specifically interested in the ways humans and technology are merging and how to use InfoTech and biotech to empower humanity and society… the artwork represents an artist’s future vision but does not give immediate answers. It asks questions and encourages next steps in scientific development…”
For hundreds of years, artists relied on paint and canvas, clay, or stone to express their ideas. Today, contemporary artists incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math into their work. Amy Karle uses her knowledge of human anatomy, technology and textiles to create her new media works, including Breathe… How is Karle’s process similar to Leonardo da Vinci’s? How is it different?
“In the seventh episode of our captivating series, ART + TECHNOLOGY, we explore the world of bioart with Amy Karle. This innovative American artist uses 3D art to discover what it means to be human, expressing internal experiences in visual forms. Questioning whether or not 3D art can become human, Amy puts forward a new renaissance in which humans can become whatever they wish to be, as technology empowers expression through new tools, and the requirements of art serve to push the technology. Join us as Amy creates 3D representations of our internal selves, so that we may study the mind and body and even learn to reprogram it.”
This catalog accompanies the 2018 Last exhibition at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (including Amy Karle’s Artwork). The exhibition features work that explores the complex challenges represented by the intersection of science, technology, and society. “Almost anything that we create can become monstrous. One hopes for the best, but never knows just how it might play out. The story of humankind is partially a history of the twists and turns posited by technological innovation. The complex relationship between intention and context sometimes converge in mysterious and unpredictable ways resulting in new creative strategies, machines, social architectures, designs and creative expression." – Curator Joel Slayton
Photo editorial of Amy Karle’s garments based on Anatomy
The American Arts Incubator – Poland “Layers of Life” workshop questioned “What is Life in the Bio-Tech Era?” through the lens of empowerment – exploring this pivotal point we are at in evolution across many strata, including personal, social, emotional and environmental impact, questioning how we can empower ourselves and our world, creating concepts and projects that provoke new ideas to shape a more resilient future.
We are more than halfway into American Arts Incubator — Poland, and it has been an amazing journey witnessing our growth, development, and empowerment of participants and myself through the “Layers of Life” workshop.
Laboratory Rituals Issue features 30 films that present the laboratory as imaginative and creative arena, where the unexpected gleams in rigorously orchestrated processes, a site of ritual and invention. Watch at labocine.com Amy Karle's Biofeedback Artwork (Amy Karle)
Wearable Tech with Amy Karle The boundary-pushing artist gives insights on her inspiration, vision and ability to thoughtfully play with science, technology and fashion
Amy Karles’ latest collection showcases her fascination with a human body. Called Internal Collection, it is based on anatomy and – according to the description – “each garment is inspired by a different system of the human body: lungs, ligaments, and nervous system”.
Profile: Amy Karle – “It’s Really Important That We Choose and Focus on the Future We Want to Achieve”
"Human induced evolution can occur much quicker than natural evolution and we can’t undo things like genetic editing so this is where it takes the most conscious awareness… we can easily see the potential doomsday scenarios, but we can also see enlightened futures as well. I can see all these different kinds of futures that are available to us, and it’s really important that we choose and focus on the future that we want to achieve. We cannot always achieve that, but if we are working towards that, we can get a lot closer than if we are blindly going into the future without thinking about it – without being conscious about it.” –Amy Karle
"Art and science have become so separated, so divided. If you go back in time, to the Renaissance, to Ancient Greece, any center that had a boom of creativity had a boom of both art and science…" Bio-artist Amy Karle will present her "Feast of Eternity," a 3-D print of a human skull that utilizes crystallization mimicking cell growth, which will "represent the mystery, delicacy and preciousness of life.
In Celebration of Women's History Month, The Futures Forum presents: The Future History of Women - Voicing Herstory -- A Special Podcast hosted by Dr. Claire A. Nelson, White House Champion of Change and Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum/Development Foresight Institute. She interviews Amy Karle, Bio Artist and designer whose work can be seen as artifacts of speculative futures where digital, biological and physical systems merge - with an exploration into the FUTURE HISTORY of Women because the United Nations Sustainable Development #5 speaks specifically to the development and inclusion of Women 2030 & beyond.
… I’m either fighting an uphill battle or I’m doing it against all odds – maybe both” Amy Karle stated “We are at a very exciting time in history. 3D printing offers opportunities to create in new ways, for healing, enhancing and augmenting the body in ways we’ve never been able to before. I’m most excited about applying additive manufacturing with other technologies to medical uses… to heal and enhance our bodies, minds and beings. I get really excited about bioprinting because it holds the promise of being able to create organs and replacement parts out of a patient’s own genetic material, lowering the risk of rejection. Bioprinting has great promise to affect humanity because as it could be used for life extension.”
Amy Karle … integrates mind, body and technology to create art and explore what it means to be human. “My work serves a platform to explore who we want to become; how are we going to use our technology to become the type of individual and society that we want to be? Especially when we are looking at artificial intelligence or genetic editing, where this human induced evolution can happen much more rapidly than the natural would. This could be a very concerning scenario so its important that we stop and think these scenarios through and employ these tools and technologies to help us get to our best and highest good”. – Amy Karle
The process of making art is like the process of exploring yourself. For me, it is one and the same. Making art is a process of exploring myself and the world around me, making sense of it in a way that is beyond the thinking mind… from a place of all of these stirred influences that made me into who I am… the stirred area of the collective unconscious too… when I’m creating my art, it’s not just for me, and it’s not just from me, it’s from a place that I can only articulate through creating art, and a way for me to share this internal experience that is indescribable in any other way than through the language of art – to share it with others.
Humanity, Technology Join Hands in Life/Art/Science/Tech Festival at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
The hauntingly beautiful object resembling a human skull was designed by bioartist Amy Karle with the idea of “healing and enhancing a future body.” ... “This exhibition explores mysterious and unpredictable artistic forms that serve to provoke how we think about the complex relationship between humans and their technology.” – Curator Joel Slayton. Karle’s work speculates a future where technology can heal and empower human beings. “The desire to enhance the body and find freedom by matching our physical and internal identity is an element of the human condition.” - Karle
Are artists better at predicting the future than scientists or policy-makers? Can more collaboration between art and technology help prepare societies for the future in an age of massive and rapid technological change? ... Amy Karle is exploring what it means to be human in a future where human bodies are enhanced by digital technology inside us. “Many people think of technology as something outside of ourselves like a computer or a robot but I think of technology as something we can embody in ourselves to be more human … like a pacemaker, we’re seeing this life that has been given more hope and continues to live on”. - Amy Karle
“We are on the cusp of a new renaissance,” declared transmedia artist Amy Karle in the opening conversation. “As we cascade into the fourth industrial revolution, we have the tools and technology to take on an identity that is aspirational—we can become anyone we want to be, individually, and as a society.” Amy Karle’s work questions what it means to be human in a world where technological advancements allow us to unlock boundless human potential. Positioning her work as artifacts of a speculative future, where biological, physical and digital systems merge, Karle uses art and technology as a mirror to discover who we are and what we can become.
Change can be both frightening and exhilarating. Amy Karle, a transmedia artist and designer believes we are at an exciting time in history... she suggested the many technological advancements taking place indicate we are on the “cusp of a new renaissance.” ...She said, “Working together with art and technology, we can make sense of the future.”
(4 Articles) The winners of the prestigious YouFab Global Creative Awards organized by Fabcafe Global have been announced. The grand prize was awarded to "Regenerative Reliquary" by American bioartist Amy Karle. The piece is both an artwork of refined aesthetics and an illustration of technological developments in cell culture and 3D-printing living matter… a very sci-fi installation for growing human tissue inside a bioreactor-incubator. Beyond the aesthetics of a luminous hand submerged in nurturing fluid, the concept could also be applied to personalized medical prosthetics, grown from the patient’s own body cells... It is a work which explores the meaning of being human across the barriers of art, design, science, technology and the mystery of life. (translated)
“The more we practice the more we specialize. When we inquire or work in the same area of focus, we develop a way of doing things, a signature style and an expertise. This knowledge not only resides in the area of the brain that can be thought of or expressed in language. It also resides in our bodies and our emotions, and in our kinesthetic expression. It affects how we do things and the energy that we bring to those tasks.” – Amy Karle
“The point we are at in our human evolution now is the merging of humanity and technology. These TV shows that show interacting with Robots is a future case scenario that really isn’t that far off… the Artificial Intelligence component of that is to learn what your preferences are, to speak into your ears and look into your eyes in a way that would make your heart flutter”- Amy Karle
Amy Karle: “There are opportunities for women, minorities, and all types of minds to be leaders in 3D Printing. It’s not about sex or skintone, it’s about being dynamic, innovative, flexible and smart”
"I use tools and technology as a mirror to the self, as a mirror of who we are, who we want to and could become.” – Amy Karle
Amy Karle is a bioartist, designer and futurist… using cutting edge technology like genetic engineering to create designs that challenge us to rethink what it means to be human.
Art made with the new tools of the fourth industrial revolution, including 3D printing, digital tools and digital manufacturing serve to positively impact human evolution in ways not previously witnessed. Although the human condition, nature and events continue to capture the attention of artists, the utilization and exploration of these tools in the production of art and design makes advancements and innovations across many fields in ways that have the potential to influence and make contributions that fundamentally benefit humankind.
What awaits us at the end of our lives? Science offers many answers to this eternal question. Here on earth, we can look forward to the renewing release of nutrients during decomposition to, while, taking a broader view, we can consider the ultimate persistence and continual transformation of all energy in the universe.
The current field of wearable technology is a diverse movement of e-textiles makers and computer aided design fabricators primarily being pioneered by a clan of women in tech around the planet. Contemporary fashion technologists today push the boundaries of the very word wearable... emerging fields within wearable technology include Biological-couture invented by artist Amy Karle, who creates transformational body work described as bionic fashion…
American Arts Incubator (AAI) is an international new media and digital arts exchange program developed by ZERO1 in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs… After a rigorous selection process, we are thrilled to announce the six artists chosen to participate in the 2018 American Arts Incubator: … Amy Karle, Poland. …The six American artists will act as cultural envoys, using artistic collaboration to foster new relationships built upon common social values and the collective exploration of differences.
“A new exhibit at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco is taking a futuristic vision on the direction of healthcare.The work, titled Regenerative Reliquary, has been 3D printed by resident artist Amy Karle. Made from PEGDA, it can be laced with stem cells, which will grow to form a ‘living’ alternative of the hydrogel hand. Karle’s inspiration behind the piece is the thought of a future where “spare parts” can be delivered to humans on demand.”
We live in a time where the meaning of impossible needs to be updated. … Artist Amy Karle has an interesting new project that combines 3D printing with stem cell research called “Regenerative Reliquary “… There’s something miraculous about giving something vital like a limb or an organ to someone to needs it. In the past, it couldn’t be done, but with the future in sight, we’re slowly changing our minds on that.
Using laser cutting machinery in the fashion world offers several advantages over more traditional processes… fashion designers can benefit from laser systems and create patterns in less time and with more precision… One designer, Amy Karle, artist in residence at Autodesk, scans drawings into a computer program where they are scaled to fit on a human body. The design is then input into a laser cutter that cuts the design onto sheets of fabric. While some designs are meant for fashion shows, museums or other special events, the commercial potential for laser-cut clothing is huge. Put into mainstream retail use, the technology could help customers achieve the elusive "perfect fit" at long last.
“I believe 3D printing for healthcare is the most disruptive use of 3D printing — the area that this technology can make the largest positive impact on humanity.” – Amy Karle
At the intersection of art and STEM, artists have integrated new technology to be a medium and inspiration for their work… Utilizing 3D printing, Amy Karle was able to create Regenerative Reliquary, a new media art, by printing stem cells and a scaffold to build bone… Perhaps through art, we as scientists can bridge the gap between the STEM community and the public and excite a broader audience about new and novel ideas.
“We recognize a number of the most inspirational and influential women working in the 3D printing industry today. Each of them is contributing to the industry in different ways and helping to shape the way 3D printing has a positive impact on design, engineering, manufacturing…"
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SCIENCE, ART & FASHION: Meet Amy Karle, an artist and designer who uses the mind, body, science and technology to create art
"I create artwork as a way to enable people to look at the beauty and mystery in the structure of how life works" –Amy Karle
"Switching up conventions about the body and beauty, this series of garments shows our internal systems in wearable form. I wanted to highlight the beauty that I see in the perfection of these systems" - Amy Karle
New media art refers to artworks created with new media technologies. Hybrid arts is a contemporary art movement in which artists work with frontier areas of science and emerging technologies.BioArt is an art practice where humans work with live tissues, bacteria, living organisms, and life processes.
“This 3D Printed Art Project [by Amy Karle] Could Have Medical Applications... potential use of this technology could be in bone grafts or tissue implants in the future”
FORGED FABRICS: how to make high-end specialty fabrics for couture, textile art, tapestries & fashion design
“I love 'playing' with materials of all kinds - not just textiles – to see what their limits are, how they can be used in new and different ways, re-mixing, and applying techniques used for one material to another.” [Amy Karle] shows you how to apply branding techniques...
“Karle is a bioartist who uses the mind-body, science and technology to create art. Karle’s artwork taps our concepts of what it means to be human and in this body, expressing internal, ephemeral experiences in visual forms.”
Clothing Laser Cut by Amy Karle, Artist in Residence at Autodesk: You can now turn your drawings into real clothing.
3D Scan the Body for Custom Clothing Fashion Pattern Making, Sculptures, 3D Printed Replicas, CAD Modeling, Portrait Busts & More
To learn more about the process of artificially creating organic systems, I reached out to Amy Karle, a bio-artist whose work explores the boundaries between technology and humanity. Her recent work includes Regenerative Reliquary, a bio-printed scaffold seeded with stem cells that, over time, will theoretically grow into a human hand—exactly the kind of tech that might one day give us robots with Dolores's flawless complexion.
“I create artwork about the body,” Karle said. “I work across a lot of different platforms, but the body is the consistent theme. I’m curious about what it means to be human… As an artist, you’re a provocateur but also a storyteller. In this scenario, I’m showing the intelligence of how stem cells work…"
“Karle hopes her work will inspire scientists who are growing bone for medical use. “I have anopportunity to bring attention to this type of research,” she says. The hand also raises questionsabout growing body parts in a lab.”
“Regenerative Reliquary is a 3D printed scaffold made of biodegradable hydrogel that disintegrates over time, with the aim that stem cells seeded onto the design will grow tissue and mineralize into bone along the scaffold.”
Karle's work starts at :36 “Its such an exciting time when art and design can partner with science and technology to create things that we never thought were possible to create before” –Amy Karle
"At the juncture between creative exploration and scientific technology lies the work of Amy Karle. The idea behind her work was to use live cells as the components of a sculptural form. By harnessing the natural functions of the cells, replication and growth, she uses them to build her sculpture around a scaffold that she has created…"
“Karle’s work establishes a new discipline in the art world called Bioart, an art form whereby sculptures are grown from living materials. This also has vast potential for healthcare, beauty, fitness and a new way of thinking and making. Karle explains that in the future, not only could we fabricate additions to our bodies and..."
"...there is no doubt that this project transcends science and technology"
"Equal parts art and science, and a fusion of what Karle calls “generative art and regenerative medicine”, the work is just as groundbreaking as it is beautiful."
“The Best and Most Unique 3D Printer Materials: Photopolymer Edition” and “DIY 3D Printing Resins and the Future of Photopolymers”
“This article in particular will take a look at that most intriguing class of materials known as photopolymers, essential to vat photopolymerization 3D printing processes—such as stereolithography (SLA), digital light processing (DLP)..."
“Amy Karle expanded her bioart into creating artwork out of living cells… she embarked on groundbreaking work growing a hand design in live bone from human stem cells along a biofriendly, biodegradable 3D printed lattice; opening a new form of artwork, as well as expanding opportunities for enhancing our bodies, biomedical applications, and making things that were never possible to make before.”
"Working at the intersection of art, technology, and design, Artist Amy Karle is in the midst of her own boundary-pushing bone grafting project. For Regenerative Reliquary, she is hacking bone cells... Karle calls her project a fusion of generative art and regenerative medicine, the idea being that the two disciplines..."
“Karle explores human biology through technology and art through… She hopes her work can contribute to answers to important questions about human biology. Karle has already released open source instructions for creating 3D-printed lattices for cell culture. She says she's inspired by A neural algorithm for artistic style, and Deep Dream. She's working on related projects that may eventually be used to create..."
"The most significant impact on my life from studying and making work with the body and mind is the understanding that things that we think are fixed or concrete are not. My work has shown me that there are always other options, which led to an intrinsic understanding that we can remake ourselves into who we want to become." - Amy Karle
"As artists and designers we are no longer tied to working with inanimate objects like clay, metal or fiber. It is really exciting when I think of how we can grow our own sculptures. I hope to inspire other artists and designers to think about possibilities of what they could make beyond what we are traditionally trained to use". - Amy Karle
"I turned to synthetic biology and regenerative medicine and set out on a journey of creating artwork that could grow into form. Using CAD design and 3D printing, I created scaffolds to encourage cell growth into a certain form, a 3D printed framework that tissue can regenerate on." - Amy Karle
Amy Karle’s Biofeedback Artwork is another experiment in creating art through technology, and using the human body as part of the medium… In this piece, she uses existence and the movement within the human body to create visuals of that which cannot be seen… She brings into question our understanding and visualization of consciousness, and attempts to create something that can be seen and understood from something that cannot.
“I was creating artwork with parametric and generative digital design to create forms, but it felt like there was something I could tap inherent with more mystery and surprises in the real world. So I looked within the body, at how cells articulate into different forms – what makes a cell become a beating heart, skin, or bone.” – Amy Karle
An artist aims to grow a human hand design from stem cells. She worked with scientists to design a trellis made of a hydrogel that will form an armature for the cells. Karle and her team is now culturing stem cells from bone marrow to add to the trellis, where she hopes they will grow into our signature body part.
“Amy Karle is an artist who has always been fascinated with mysteries of the body. Her most recent work uses the building blocks of life: cells. As an Artist in Residence at Pier 9, Amy collaborated with Autodesk to create “Regenerative Reliquary,” a sculpture consisting of 3D printed scaffolds for cell growth in a bioreactor. The intention is that stem cells seeded onto these scaffolds will grow into bone. She hopes that this project serves as a foundation for further exploration and opens conversations about the awe and mystery of life, transhumanism, synthetic biology, the future of medicine and implants, and things that could be made from the building blocks of life.”
It all started because Amy Karle wanted to grow her own exoskeleton. But after experimenting with 3-D printing bones while Artist in Residence at Autodesk, she set her sights on something a little smaller and more intimate. She decided to grow a human hand design.
“A major portion of this artwork that I'm creating is the cells that I use. I consider: what does it mean for this piece to have human cells growing and proliferating outside of the body? My mother was a research scientist and I grew up in the lab with her. I feel inspired by her whenever I do this kind of work. She has passed away now, but I consider what would it mean if I could use her cancer cells in this piece and they could live on?" –Amy Karle
Amy Karle is an artist who has always been fascinated with mysteries of the body. Her most recent work uses the building blocks of life: cells. As an Artist in Residence at Pier 9, Amy collaborated with Autodesk to create “Regenerative Reliquary,” a sculpture consisting of 3D printed scaffolds for cell growth in a bioreactor. The intention is that stem cells seeded onto these scaffolds will grow into bone. She hopes that this project serves as a foundation for further exploration and opens conversations about the awe and mystery of life, transhumanism, synthetic biology, the future of medicine and implants, and things that could be made from the building blocks of life.
As technology and the body become increasingly connected both in our daily lives and more significantly through medical research, Karle’s project is an important one. On a personal level as well.
Open source instructions on how to make 3D printed scaffolds for cell culture by Amy Karle
Open source instructions on how to 3D scan the body by Amy Karle... how to capture three dimensional scan data / reality capture of the body for CAD modeling,prosthesis, wearables, fashion design, pattern making, fitness and training, portraiture, avatars, figurines, action figures and more.
“I had experienced absolute freedom—I had felt that my body was without boundaries, limitless; that pain didn’t matter, that nothing mattered at all—and it intoxicated me.” – Marina Abramovic
Open source instructions on how to make high-end specialty fabrics for couture, textile art, tapestries & fashion design by Amy Karle
Time, illusion, and the dichotomy of loss and fulfillment frequently re-emerge in Amy Karle’s Artwork through time-based processes and ephemeral experiences. Amy Karle unifies the material and immaterial by creating Art around and about the body that may function as a transformative device to transcend the material and provide an experience of the unseen. This is integrated in the way Amy Karle often offers viewers situations where they may observe themselves from a removed perspective… a catalyst for the foregrounding of transformative energies contained in the polyvalent body.
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