“Designing Life” at MoMA


In October, CUT/PASTE/GROW’s Daniel Grushkin had the honor of being invited by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design of MoMA to participate on a panel focused on synthetic biology and design. Called “Synthetic Aesthetics: New Frontiers in Contemporary Design,” a crowd of designers, artists, scientists, and others gathered at MoMA to hear about […]

Maker Faire


Saturday, September 20–21, CUT/PASTE/GROW will host workshops at World Maker Faire 2014 in NYC thanks to the folks at Kickstarter! We’re excited to join a host of other great Kickstarter makers there, including some friends in the art-and-science world. We’re also delighted to bring Maker Faire visitors two hands-on bioart workshops, with artists Ellie Irons and Nikki Romanello. If you […]

Catalogue Release Party and Bioart Panel: 8/16/2014


The art of CUT/PASTE/GROW has been bound with new essays in a gorgeous catalogue. Join us at Genspace to celebrate the catalogue release! Before the party, join our panel discussion on “The State of Bioart Today.” Suzanne Anker, bioartist and chair of fine arts at The School of Visual Arts, and Nikki Romanello, bioartist and CPG […]

MVP: “DIY Bio” Mini Documentary

Minimum Viable Product: "DIY bio"

MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT: “DIY Bio” is a mini documentary about biohacking. It includes my thoughts on biohacking as well as coverage of the Biohacker Meetup at SXSW. Present on the SXSW panel are (left to right) myself, Josiah Zayner, Jason Bobe, and Jeffery Barrick. The footage of c.elegans was shot in Emalick Njie’s “Mutant Worms” […]



The CPG team is heading to SXSW again this year, and we’re bringing some talented friends! 1) Biohacker Meetup (follow on twitter: #biohackers) More info on the SXSW schedule I’ll be hosting the first Biohacker Meetup at SXSW. For folks of all disciplines interested in biohacking: Biologists, DIYers, engineers, artists, coders, designers, thinkers, do-ers, and […]

Bacterial Photography: Creating Photosynthetic Images Using Living Microorganisms

Diagram of the bacterial photography process

Dark and early one winter morning in New York, Wythe Marschall and I embarked on a quest to find a microorganism—a genetically engineered chimaera—that could turn itself into a living photograph. We intended to join Dr. Natalie Kuldell’s bacterial photography class at MIT. Undaunted by a 3:45am departure time from the Port Authority, unhalted by […]



CUT/PASTE/GROW congratulates DIYsect—”filming biotinkering for the web”—on its launch! Check out the site to see the first two videos, and stay tuned for the upcoming Kickstart campaign. More on the project: DIYsect is a documentary web-series that introduces people in the DIY Biology, Bioart, and general biotech community. The footage is gathered by Ben and […]

World Science Festival!

CUT/PASET/GROW at World Science Festival's Innovation Square

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us, to create prints with maggots, to talk about bioart, and to bask in the hot breeze. And a huge thanks to WSF for bring us out to join the swarm of scientists, artists, and curious people today! Here are just a few images from the long […]

Will Myers on biodesign and bioart


On Friday, April 19, writer and CUT/PASTE/GROW co-curator Will Myers took us on a trip into the future of biology-inspired art and design, leveraging his recent book BioDesign and his ongoing research. He covered everything from oysters as design elements and trees growing throughout skyscrapers to who owns specific colors in nature and what designers […]

It’s ALIVE: The Unicorn Mosaic from SXSW

Unicorn mosaic made from genetically engineered fluorescent K12 bacteria, crowdsourced from participants at SXSW Create, 2013. Thanks to all participants!

Presenting… the Unicorn Mosaic made from genetically engineered fluorescent K12 bacteria, crowdsourced from participants at SXSW Create, 2013. If you were a contributor, check below for the number that corresponds with the card you received at SXSW to see how your bacteria dish developed. Thanks to all who participated! You have the distinction of having […]