Suzanne Anker is a visual artist working at the intersection of art and the biological sciences. As a pioneer in Bio Art, her practice investigates the ways nature is being altered in the 21th century and addresses issues concerning genetics, climate change, species extinction or toxic degradation.
In 2011 she founded the Bio Art Lab at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The Bio Art Lab was conceived as a place where artists and scientists exchange ideas and explore ways to interweave the tools and techniques of both specialties. An ongoing project since 2009, Astroculture is titled after a series of experiments that NASA conducted at the International Space Station regarding the feasibility of growing and developing plants in a space environment. Seeds are planted in a peat pot without using pesticides and they usually sprout within a few days. Special lighting conditions are employed in order to produce a full plant cycle with the production of mature seeds. All of this is accomplished without the help of pollinators like bees, which may be extinct at some point in the future. The ability to grow plants for food without the active role of pollinators will be of crucial importance for life on earth or life on a colonized planet. Among the many stunning and distinctly novel images and installations that resulted from this perspective and stands out is Astroculture which is exhibited at the Silos.
Suzanne Anker’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally at major museums and art institutions. She has been the creator of ground breaking exhibitions in the field of Bio Art with work such as Biota, Remote Sensing, Rainbow Loom or Origins and Futures. She is the author and contributor to many important books including The Molecular Gaze : Art in the Genetic Age and The Greening of the Galaxy.