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5th Bio-Art Contest 2017: Virtual Life

Medicinal Bioconvergence Research Center (Biocon) from Seoul National University, Seoulin Bio Science and Gwacheon National Science Museum are jointly holding the 2017 Bio-Art Contest.

This year, the contest is held under the theme of “Virtual life” and tries to find out the real value and beauty of life through the convergence of digital life and life as of the era of virtual reality.

The winners of the contest will receive the sum of 10,000,000 KRW (approx. $9,000) including the Minister Prize from the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning.

A virtual reality that integrates two separate world opens our eyes to new possibilities and perspectives. Based on its own possibilities, digital media made people express artistic imagination in wide range through technical imagination. In this environment, many works related to human life lower the borders between the areas of art and technology, suggesting a whole new paradigm.

A life can be a substance or not. Information also can be considered a sort of life. The main agent can be expanded not only to human and nature but also to virtual life. Each agent of life creates own unique image and generates creative and artistic events with digital media.

The organizers expect to see virtual life that would be created by combination of biology, digital technology and artistic imagination and the possibility of coexistence.