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Howard Boland c-lab

Howard BolandDr Howard Boland (PhD, MA Digital Practices Distinction, BSc Hons Software Systems for the Arts and Media, BSc Mathematics) is a multidisciplinary practitioner working across art, science and technology. With a strong technical and innovative creative skills, his experience spans from artistic and scientific research contexts to leading projects and teams in the interactive industry. Howard is artistic director of the the art-science organisation C-LAB specialising in biological art. His PhD (funded by the AHRC and the University of Westminster) titled “Art from Synthetic Biology” combined synthetic biology and art to produce novel visual expressions in bacteria culminating in UK’s first art exhibition featuring living genetically modified microorganisms at the Royal Institute of Great Britain. He has an extensive experience in the digital creative industry leading creative and technical teams to award-winning projects.


DFA Advertising Workshop Leader (2014)
Isobar, London, UK 

Postgraduate Thesis Supervisor/Specialist Tutor (2012-2013)
The Bartlett, University College London (UCL), UK

Initiator & Advisor, Westminster iGEM (2012)
University of Westminster, UK

Advisor, UCL iGEM (2012)
University College London (UCL)

Synthetic Biology Supervisor (2012)
MSc Medical Genetics, University of Westminster, UK

Panel Judge, Genetic Circuit Challenge (2011 – 2012)
Synthetic Biology Society, University College London (UCL),UK

Advisor, Synthetic Biology Society (2011 - 2013) 
University College London (UCL), UK

Nutritec, Biotechnology YES (2011)
Institute for Enterprise and Innovation, Nottingham University Business School & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), UK

Advisor,  UCL iGEM (2011)
University College London (UCL), UK

Synthetic Biology Mentor SGM Summer Scholarship (2011)
Funded by the Society for General Microbiology and the School of Life Sciences at University of Westminster, UK

Workshop Organiser, Bio art Forum (2010) 
The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) and The Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster, London, UK

10 Week Workshop Leader & Organiser (2007)
Design Patterns - Professional Methodologies 
JWT / RMG Connect, London (UK)

Course Leader (2001 - 2003)
Web Design, Animation & Interactivity
University of Hertfordshire, UK


Globale (2015 - 2016)
ZKM, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany 

JUST 40 (2015)
Cultivamos Cultura, São Luís, Portugal

Science Art Society (2014) 
MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy 

BEYOND Biennale: Reality Shift (2014)
Discovery Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

BIO·FICTION Science Art Film Festival (2014)
Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria
*Currently touring (2014 - 2015) Linz, Waldkraiburg, Ljubljana, Berlin, Kiev, New Delhi, Taipei, Seattle, Helsinki, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Dublin, Perth

Alt_Cph 14, Assemble (2014)
The Factory for Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark

Age of Wonder (2014) 
Natlab, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Not Invented by Nature (2013 - 2014)
BioQuant Center, Heidelberg, Germany 

Terra 0 (2013)
Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong  

Grow Your Own (2013 - 2014)
Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland

DA4GA (2013)
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Raamsteeg 2, Leiden, Netherlands

Art from Synthetic Biology (2013)* (Solo exhibition)
The Royal Institute of Great Britain, London, UK

Evaporation of Things (2013)
Inspace, Edinburgh, Scotland

Re-New Digital Art Festival (2012)
Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Graduate School Launch (2012)
University of Westminster, London, UK

Cage Rattling: #1: Kill Switch (2012)
Kings Place, London, UK

Techfest (2012)
IIT Bombay, India

(Un)Inhabitable? - Art of Extreme Environments (2009)
Festival @rt Outsiders 2009, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

Transient Creatures (2008) 
Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2008, Hong Kong, China

Unsafe Distance (2007) 
3rd International Festival for the Arts, Sciences and Technologies, Stone Bell House, Prague, Czech Republic

Bios 4. Arte Biotecnológico y Ambiental (2007) 
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain

Today In Paradise :: Genetics & Arts (2005) 
Mobileart 05, Göteborg New Media Art Festival - Göteborg, Sweden


Upcoming: Crossing Paths - Intersecting Ideas (2016)
TEDx, University of Bolton, UK

Trust Me, I’m an Artist: Cellular Propeller (2016)
Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

C-LAB’s Biological Art Practice (2015)
Royal College of Art, London, UK

Synthetic Biology and Art (2015) 
University of Oxford (UK)

All About Imaging: Transactions (2014)
University of Westminster, London, UK

Art and Innovation: the Future of Interdisciplinarity (2014)
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

Bio Art & Synthetic Biology (2013)
Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK 

Bio Art & Synthetic Biology (2013)
MA Art & Science, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK

Synthetic Biology Art (2013)
Royal Russell School, Surrey, UK 

Synthetic Biology Art (2013)
Art Laboratory Berlin, Germany 

Synthetic Biology & Art (2013)
Neuro-ethics Open Debate, UCL, London, UK

Mutamorphosis: Tribute to Uncertainity (2012) 
National Theatre & Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

Synthetic Biology Society Kick-off (2012)
University College London (UCL), UK

Interactive Media Arts Conference IMAC (2012)
Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Cage Rattling #1: Kill Switch (2012) 
Kings Place, London, UK

Synthetic Biology Speed Debate (2012)
University College London (UCL), UK

Subtle Technologies: Where Art and Science Meet (2012)
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

The Two Cultures: Visual Art and the Sciences (2012) 
University of York, York, UK

Synthetic Biology: Machine or Life? (2011)
Dana Centre, Science Museum, London, UK

Less Remote: The Futures of Space Exploration (2008)
International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Glasgow, Scotland

Telling Places: Narratives and Identity in Art & Architecture (2007)
The Slade Research Centre, London, UK

Mutamorphosis: Challenging Arts & Sciences (2007) 
International Centre for Art and New Technologies (CIANT), Prague, Czech Republic

Biorama (2007)
Digital Research Unit, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

An Encounter with Biotechnological & Environmental Art (2007)
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain

Official Launch of the Arts & Genomic Centre (2005)
University of Leiden, The Netherlands     

Transgenic Art Forum (2005) 
Edinburgh International Science Festival, Scotland

Göteborg New Media Art Festival Symposium (2005)
Valand School of Fine Arts, Göteborg, Sweden


Making Bacteria Visible: 1 Day Workshop (2015)
Performing Encounters: "We cannot have a conversation about something whilst it remains unseen?" Art District, Berlin, Germany

Synthetic Biology: 3 Day Workshop (2014)
Art Laboratory Berlin, Berlin, Germany

YSB 2.0: Art & Synthetic Biology 2 (2014)
Wellcome Trust, London, UK

The Future of Art Science Collaborations (2013)
Lorentz Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands

YSB 1.0: Art & Synthetic Biology 1 (2013)
Wellcome Trust, London, UK

Do It Together Bio #5: Synthetic Biology Art Workshop (2013) 
Waag Society, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Art from Synthetic Biology
Doctoral thesis, University of Westminster, June 2013

Art from Synethic Biology 
Mutamorphosis:Tribute to Uncertainty, Conference Proceedings, CIANT International Centre for Art and New Technologies, 2013

Cybernetics Revisited – Towards a Third Order?, Proceedings of Abstracts, Re-New Festival of Digital Arts, Interactive Media Art Conference (IMAC), 2012

The Martian Rose
Leonardo, Vol. 42, No. 2, April 2009

The Martian Rose
Multi: The RIT Journal of Plurality and Diversity in Design, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 2008

The Martian Rose
Mutamorphosis: Challenging Arts and Sciences, Conference Proceedings, CIANT, International Centre for Art and New Technologies, 2007


Science and Culture: The art of designing life
Amber Dance, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - PNAS, December 2015

[macro]biologies & [micro]biologies: Art and the Biological Sublime in the 21st Century Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz, Berlin 2015

Not Invented by Nature: The Absent Laboratory
Alexandra Waligorski, Another Future, September 2014

Ausstellung: "not invented by nature"
Universität Heidelberg, 16 December 2013

The Future of Science-Art Collaborations
Suzanne Anker, SciArt in America, December 2013, p 43. 

Martian Rose at Microwave Festival 2013
TVB Pearl News, Hong Kong, 17 November 2013 

Interview with C-LAB
Metropop, Issue 381, 21 November 2013, p. 130, Hong Kong

The Martian Rose - Microwave Festival (2013)
Art News, Arts Promotion News Network, Hong Kong

Grow Your Own: where scientists and artists are shaking up creation
Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian, 28 October 2013

(K)eine Erfindung der Natur: Internationale Künstlergruppe thematisiert die Synthetische Biologie in vier Kunstprojekten
German Cancer Research Center - DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany

The Living Mirror (2013)
Régine Debatty, We Make Money Not Art (

#A.I.L - Artists in Laboratories, Episode 3 (2012)
Régine Debatty (We Make Money Not Art), Resonance 104.4 FM, UK

Ruže z Marsu (2007) 
Ceska Televise Port TV (Interview for Czech Television)

Interview with Laura Cinti & Howard Boland (2007) 
Régine Debatty, We Make Money Not Art (

¿Pueden Los Gatos Electronicos Sonar Con Peces De Colores?
Catano Quinta, La Fresa, Contemporary Art Magazine, Malaga, Spain, 2007

A Rose on Mars Is Still a Rose 
Wired Science, 24 July 2007

Containing ET 
Astrobiology Magazine, 28 May 2007

HSBC, Communication Arts, Interactive Annual 2006

Hot Sites USA Today, 1st March 2004, USA.

Recent Events
AGE OF WONDER 28 Mar-06 Apr 2014 Natlab, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
ART AND INNOVATION: THE FUTURE OF INTERDISCIPLINARITY 19 Mar 2014 Auditorium Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
LIVING MIRROR 03 03-16 Dec 2013 Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
TERRA 0 08 08-17 Nov 2013 Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2013, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong
GROW YOUR OWN 25 Oct-19 Jan 2014 Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland
THE FUTURE OF ART-SCIENCE COLLABORATIONS 07 07-11 Oct 2013 Lorentz Center, Leiden, The Netherlands
AMOLF OPEN DAY 05 Oct 2013 FOM Institute AMOLF, Science Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NOT INVENTED BY NATURE: HELMHOLTZ INITIATIVE SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY 15 Sep-04 Oct 2013 German Cancer Research Center - DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany
ARTSCIENCE TALKSHOW 14 Sep 2013 Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
DA4GA OPENING EXHIBITION 14 Sep-15 Dec 2013 Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands
ART-SCIENCE TALK 24 Aug 2013 Art Laboratory Berlin, Germany
YOUNG SYNTHETIC BIOLOGISTS - YSB 1.0 12 Jul 2013 Wellcome Trust, London , UK
EN VIE / ALIVE 26 Apr-01 Sep 2013 Espace Fondation EDF, Paris, France
DO IT TOGETHER BIO #5: SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY ART 24 Apr 2013 Waag Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ART FROM SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY 08 08-12 Apr 2013 The Royal Institute of Great Britain, London, UK
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