Matej Vakula


Matej Vakula is an artist examining the role of ethics and aesthetics in emerging biotechnologies and the field of artificial intelligence. Matej studies the ethical implications of computation and nanotechnologies on biology, tissue printing, culture, and nature. Matej collaborates with the Center for Molecular Imaging and Nanotechnologies at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Advanced Science Research Center at CUNY, and he is an ABD Ph.D. candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Matej worked as a research assistant at IBM Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory. He is part of Brooklyn’s Rensselaer BAT Lab at the Center for Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Genspace community bio lab. In 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship and worked as an artist in residence at the SciArt Center in New York City. His art is published and exhibited internationally, including Arts Electronica Art and Science Network, the Sixth Prague Biennale of Contemporary Art, the Slovak National Gallery, and many others. His research was published in the Technoetic Arts Journal. My work Dark Design was part of the final selection for Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica in the Artificial Intelligence and Life art Category in 2023.