Liat Danieli (b. 1983), Lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Cum Laude B.Ed.FA. graduate in Art and Art Education from ‘Hamidrasha’ Faculty of the Arts, Beit Berl College.
Liat is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in installations made of sound, sculpture, video, digital media and Bio Art.
The relationship between science and art has always played a significant role in her creative process – as they are two parallel mediums striving to materialize creation. As I sees it, science looks for answers where art asks the questions. Throughout art history, the juxtaposition of the two date back to the Renaissance period, known for its significant influence on the art world, manifested through the contribution of architects, sculptors, painters, and multidisciplinary talents such as Leonardo Da Vinci.
The term Bio Art was coined in the late 1990’s by the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kac, who dealt with the connections between art and various types of technology. He is particularly known for his work in integrating various codes into genetic sequences, in a way that addressed ethical and scientific dilemmas. As a field, Bio Art tends to examine the boundary between the laboratory and the studio, highlighting aspects related to aesthetics and nature, which have also shared a traditional bond throughout the history of art.
One of the purposes in Liat’s work is to breathe life into materials; to grant them eternal life by solving their mechanism. She sometimes uses specialized artificial surroundings to grow life forms, while at other times she merely emulates these surroundings symbolically. Her work strives to discuss the question of the artist’s space and the artistic locus of activity by moving the studio into the laboratory. This removal draws a comparison between the lust for creativity and the desire for creation.
Her work centers on research. The research is primarily based on fields of science and methods of presenting knowledge. She creates experiments with materials and graft the organic and the synthetic. She creates autonomous life-emulating systems that question their true or artificial existence. In recent installations Liat has worked with fungi and bacteria, intervening through time, as a key component of biology. As an artist she chose to deal with super organisms (bees, fungi, and micro-organisms) because as groups they display behavior that is coordinated – almost like that of a single living organism. This behavior allows her to study them as a material possessing a predetermined mechanism.