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The Visual Cultural Research Centre, Euro-Balkan Institute and the Research Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (RCGEB), Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, are announcing the Call for artists-participants for a four-day workshop about Biotech Arts, as a part of the project 'Apparatus of Life and Death'.

The workshop, to be given by RCGEB's collaborators, will serve as a theoretical and practical introduction to the creation of biotech art. The program has been designed to give participants a good range of lab skills and to inspire them with concepts relevant to broader ethical and philosophical concerns in biotechnology. It will include an introduction to laboratory work and laboratory practice in the context of bio-tech art. The workshop aims to cover wide areas and methods for RNA/DNA and protein analyses such as: DNA/RNA isolation, Southern blot analysis, PCR, RT-PCR, ASO hybridization, RFLP method, SSCP, DGGE, sequencing, cloning, production of recombinanat enzymes, chromatography, microarray analysis, analysis of microRNA, 2D and 2D-DIGE technique etc. The Workshop is an integral part of SEAFair (Skopje Electronic Arts Fair) 2010- The Apparatus of Life and Death, 04.10-22.10 2010. The Festival is comprised of - Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Skopje, Conference at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Skopje, and a Workshop at the Research Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Skopje. SEAFair (Skopje Electronic Arts Fair) was initiated in 1997, represents the first manifestation of this type on the Balkans, connecting the local and international artists, critics, and theoreticians working in new technologies and media, has for its five years of existence attracted artists and theoreticians from all five continents. The Festival has achieved a great international importance being envisioned as a series of events, exhibitions, symposia, workshops, and web conferences that explore the creation and practise of new media arts. The event has since served traditionally as an international and inter-cultural meeting place of arts and technologies, influencing the discussions about artistic, philosophic, educational and other aspects of the processes, which characterize electronic culture, but also of the processes and the challenges which the Internet, biotechnology, genetic engineering, and nano-technology place before us. SEAFair has become the central focal point in the region for the dispersing of knowledge of new media arts, bringing together artists, culture theoreticians, practitioners of new media, philosophers, and scientists in a constructive dialogue. Melentie Pandilovski has been the convenor/curator and director of SEAFair since its inception in 1997. SEAFair History: The idea of this 7th edition of SEAFair The apparatus of life and death is to creatively respond to the evolution of society in the sphere of bio-politics and to assist us in the visualizing of our future. In fact, SEAFair 2010 will convey the story of artists, critics and theorists attempting to navigate through the maize of the newly constructed global bio-political apparatus, in a changing social matrix, in which the rules are just being set. The artists in the exhibition The apparatus of life and death will present an array of approaches --- from the humorous and playful to the deadly serious --- regarding the way we think about the origins of life, the scale and dimensions of living matter, to relationships with nourishment, death, fashion and appearance. 10 -- 15 artists from Macedonia and Central&Eastern Europe will take part in the Biotech Art Workshop. Venue: Research Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Dates: Monday 4 -- Thursday 7 October, 2010 Requirements for applying: The applicants-artists are required just to send their short CV/Portfolio with a motivation letter up to 250 words. The required documents should be sent to Slavco Deadline for submitting the application: 30 September Deadline for announcing the results of the selection process: 1 October Contact person: Melentie Pandilovski, Director of the Centre for Visual and Cultural Research- "Euro-Balkan" Institute/Curator of SEAFair Slavco Dimitrov, Project Assistant

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