About me

Svenja Kratz: Profile PictureI am a Hobart-based  artist interested in transdisciplinary creative practice, particularly the intersections between science and art.  From 2008 – 2012, I worked in the area of cell and tissue culture at the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI).  During this time, I produced three major bodies of work that mapped my engagement with contemporary biotechnologies including primary culture of human and fetal calf cells, tissue and genetic engineering.

My work encompasses both solo and collaborative projects. Since 2013, I have worked with researchers and practitioners across music, design, architecture, electrical engineering, molecular biology and biomanufacturing and produced a range of works that explore the complexity of living systems and highlight the philosophical and ethical implications of emerging technologies and engineered life.   Creative outcomes have been exhibited at a range of national and international venues including the Sydney Powerhouse Museum in 2013, Experimenta Recharge, 6th International Biennial of Media Art touring Australia from 2015 – 2016 and The Science Gallery London in 2019. I hold a PhD in Biotechnology and Contemporary Art from QUT and work as a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Creative Practice within the School of Creative Arts and Media (CAM) at the University of Tasmania.

Recipient of ANAT Synapse Residency 2021