Gary Cass & Donna Franklin

Cass has 20 years of experience as an educator in the biological sciences. His areas of expertise include: horticulture, agriculture, environmental science, forensics and molecular biotechnology, earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia in 1991. He lives and works in Perth.

Cass publishes in the science and art world and is a key creative collaborator on numerous international arts and sciences projects, including Fermented Fashion, the first dresses in the world made from the bacterial fermentation of wine, beer and other waste products. His collaborative projects have exhibited around the world, including: Still Living,  Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, 2007; a fringe event at the Venice Biennale and Documenta, 2007, Germany; Trinity College Science Gallery, Ireland; Signature Art Prize, Singapore; ArtStays, Slovenia; and World EXPO, 2015, Milan.

Dr. Franklin is a Perth-based artist whose practice is focused on biological processes and our human relationship to the natural world. She has created several textile works which have harnessed growing organisms such as fungi. Franklin has collaborated on art-science projects since her residency at SymbioticA: Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts. Her research advocates environmentalism, empathy, and politicizes the manipulation of living material through arts praxis. Her scholarship furthers these agendas across the contexts of education and curation. She lectures in cultural history and theory at the School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Franklin has exhibited biological arts and microbiological fashion nationally and internationally, including: Biodifference at the 2004 Biennale of Electronic Arts, Perth; ENTRY06 at Vitra Design Museum; ARS Electronica07; DeMonstrable, 2015; Textifood, 2015; Stations of the Cross, 2016,  Milan; Zeche Zollevere in Germany and Taiwan; and FuturoTextiles, Lille, Paris, Bueno Aires.