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Marta de Menezes
* 1975, currently based: Lisbon, Portugal

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"Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist (b. Lisbon, 1975) with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden.

She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium.

In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures.

She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory within a biological research institute – the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência – in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal."

Marta de Menezes

2009 - 2014 Director of Cultivamos Cultura
2006 - 2014 Artistic Director of Ectopia
2001 MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford
1999 Degree in Fine Arts by the University of Lisbon


Taboo - Transgression - Transcendence in Art & Science 2017. Marta de Menezes, Gundulan Narajan and Roy Ascott as speakers at this interdisciplinary conference!

The Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University organizes for the second year in a row the interdisciplinary conference "Taboo - Transgression - Transcendence in Art & Science", including theoretical and artwork presentations. In 26-28 May 2017 the conference will take place once more in the island of Corfu.

Exhibitions & Events
Publications & References
Marta de Menezes. »eConsciousness.« eConsciousness conference catalogue chapter, Central House of Artists. (2013).
Marta de Menezes. »SulSol.« Exhibition Catalogue (2013).
de Menezes, M. and Garca L.. From Landscape to Laboratory – Maisemasta Laboratorioon. Finland: The Finnish Bioart Society, 2012.
Marta de Menezes. »Investigação em Arte.« NADA 15 (2010).
Gessert, Georg. Green Light. Toward an art of evolution. Cambridge/Mass.: MIT Press, 2010.
Marta de Menezes. »Proteic Portrait.« Catalog of the exhibition (2009).
Bulatov, Dmitry, ed. Evolution haute Couture. Art and Science in the post-biological age. Vol.1. Kaliningrad: NCCA, 2009.
Marta de Menezes. »Life as a new art media.« Signs of Life (2008).
Marta de Menezes. »Decon: desconstrução, descontaminação, decomposição.« NADA 9 (2007): 98-109.
Marta de Menezes. »Biological Artworks.« Genesis: life at the end of the information age (2007).
Marta de Menezes. »A biologia como novo meio para as artes visuais.« Propostas de Arte Portuguesa 9 (2007): 90-93.
Kac, Eduardo, ed. Signs of Life, Bio Art and Beyond. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London: MIT Press, 2007.
Leopoldseder, Hannes and Christine Schöpf, ed. CyberArts 2000: International Compendium - Prix Ars Electronica 2000. New York, Wien: Springer Verlag, 2000.