Keynote: Joe Davis

Joe Davis (US)

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Joe Davis (US) earned his Creative Arts degree (Mt. Angel College 1973) pioneering laser carving methods at Bell Telephone Laboratories. While at MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (1981-1989), he created Microvenus, the first genetically-engineered work of art. His Poetica Vaginal (1986-1987) and Rubisco Stars (2009), were the most powerful, longest-duration interstellar messages ever transmitted. Widely regarded to have founded new fields in art and biology, Davis joined Alexander Rich Laboratory (1989-2015) and Thomas Schwartz Laboratory (2012-) at MIT Biology, and as “Artist Scientist,” George Church Laboratory at Harvard Medical School (2010-). Davis has also created large public sculpture at Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.