Kathy High: “Of Mice and Transgenic Rats in Art and Science”


Kathy High in conversation with Dr. Barbara Woodside, Department of Psychology Concordia University

March 10, 2010
Location: Lecture Hall, 1.114, CJ building
7141 Sherbrooke Street West
Loyola Campus
Concordia University

Kathy High discusses her series Embracing Animal, a work that features her ongoing relationship with live transgenic rats in an art gallery exhibition and in her home. High’s art work investigates the potential for alternate modes of care for lab rats who are breed to be immuno suppressed for medical research testing. Dr. Barbara Woodside, currently the Director of Concordia‚Äôs Center for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology, joins High in the discussion and explores the concerns as they relate to her research with rat models.

>Kathy High

Kathy High is Associate Professor of Video and New Media in the Department of Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – one of the leading schools for integrated electronic arts in the USA. Her video art, sculpture and installation work focus on issues of feminism, animal studies, body politics and the intersection of biology/science and art. (Her installation Embracing Animal can be seen at http://www.embracinganimal.com). Her works have shown in festivals, galleries and museums both nationally and abroad, including the Guggenheim Museum, and Museum of Modern Art (NYC), NGBK in Berlin, and MASS MoCA in MA, USA. She has received awards for her video works including grants from The Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007, she was a primary leader of the team to start the BioArts Initiative at Rensselaer, a collaboration between the Department of Arts and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (http://arts.rpi.bioarts). High was recently an artist-in-resident at SymbioticA, at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia in Perth, AU ( http://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/)

images from Kathy High’s website