Bioart With Amy Karle: How 3D Printing Connects Art, Science, Humanity

In this episode, I had the pleasure to interview bioartist Amy Karle. We were able to have an in-depth conversation surrounding not only Amy Karle’s major artworks using 3D printing and Bioprinting, but also her personal journey as a bioartist and the meanings behind her artworks. 

The two works we focused on include :

  1. Regenerative Reliquary, which is a bioprinted scaffold with stem cells in the shape of a hand in a bioreactor to grow bone tissue.
  2. Heart Evolution, which is an artistic alternative design for a “better” heart that potentially could avoid future heart disease.

Some of the questions we explored include:

What does bioprinted organ replace imply to humanity and our identies?

Who has the right to live and access the new and expensive technology that can prolong life?

Who will have access to bioprinted or 3D printed medical devices first?

What makes something beautiful (Aesthetics)?

Why is it important to make something beautiful (or not)?

What is the role of an artist in terms of aesthetics?

Why is 3D printing (especially in medicine) often perceived as beautiful?

How does an artist feel about generative design? Threatened by robots?



About our guest for this episode:

Amy Karle is an internationally award-winning bioartist whose work can be seen as artifacts of a speculative future when digital, physical, and biological systems merge. Her work opens future visions of how technology could be utilized to support and enhance humanity while making advancements towards those goals in the process.

In the process of making the artwork, Karle utilizes the technological tools in question and collaborates directly with science and technology to create a joint space for imagination, exploration, and creation. Current projects probe who we could become as a result of exponential technologies and how interventions could alter the course of our future.

Karle has exhibited in prestigious museums worldwide, including at the Smithsonian, USA; The Mori Museum, Japan; The Centre Pompidou, France; Beijing Media Arts Biennale, China; Ars Electronica, Austria; and is regularly invited to share her insights as an expert speaker and in think tanks. Karle was honored as one of “BBC’s 100 Women”, has been named one of the “Most Influential Women in 3D Printing”, and was Grand Prize Winner of the “YouFab Global Creative Award”. Karle was also an Artist Diplomat through the U.S. Department of State tasked with women’s empowerment and supporting collaborations using art and technology to address social issues. The long-term goals of her work are to continue to pioneer in the art and tech field and make contributions to the advancement of society, technology, and healthcare in the process.