Paul Vanouse


Paul Vanouse.

Paul Vanouse


Paul Vanouse


Program Head, Emerging Practices
Director, Coalesce Center for Biological Art


Emerging Practices

Contact Information

141 Center for the Arts

Buffalo NY, 14260-6010

Phone: (716) 645-0532


Paul Vanouse has been working in emerging media forms since 1990. Interdisciplinarity and impassioned amateurism guide his art practice. His electronic cinema, biological experiments, and interactive installations have been exhibited in over 20 countries and widely across the US. Venues have included: Walker Art Center, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Carnegie Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, New Museum, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Louvre in Paris, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsrhue, Centre de Cultura Contemporania in Barcelona, and TePapa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand.

Recent large-scale solo exhibitions include: Schering Foundation in Berlin (2011), Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana (2011), Muffathalle in Munich (2012), and Beall Center at UC Irvine, California (2013). This work has been discussed in journals including: Art Journal, Art Papers, Art News, Flash Art International, Leonardo, New Scientist, New Art Examiner, New York Times and numerous academic books on art and technology.

Vanouse’s artworks have been funded by Renew Media Arts Fellowship (formerly known as Rockefeller New Media Fellowship, 2008), Creative Capital (2006), New York State Council on the Arts project grant (2000, 2005), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2002), Pennsylvania Council on the Arts project grants (94, 95, 98), PCA Fellowship (98), National Science Foundation (1997). He has received awards at festivals including Prix ARS Electronica (2013, 2010, 2007) in Linz, Austria, and Vida, Art and Artificial Life competition (2002, 2011), in Madrid, Spain. Museum commissions include the Walker Art Center for “The Consensual Fantasy Engine online” (1998), and the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle for “The Relative Velocity Inscription Device” (2002).

For the past decade, Vanouse has been specifically concerned with forcing the arcane codes of scientific communication into a broader cultural language. His recent projects, “Latent Figure Protocol”, “Ocular Revision” and “Suspect Inversion Center” use molecular biology techniques to challenge “genome-hype” and to confront issues surrounding DNA fingerprinting. Vanouse holds a BFA from the University at Buffalo (1990) and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University (1996).


  • ART 387 Telematic Art and Design
  • ART 489/589 Real-Space Electronic Art
  • ART 464/564 Biological Art
  • VS 375 Science, Culture and Emerging Media

Other Emerging Practices Faculty

Marc Bohlen.

Phone: (716) 645-0940

Field: Emerging Practices in Computational Media

Matt Kenyon.

226A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0535

Assistant Professor
Director, Graduate Program
Department of Art
College of Arts and Sciences

Field: Graphic Design; Emerging Practices

Stephanie Rothenberg.

138 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0546

Graphic Design Program Head
Associate Professor
Department of Art
College of Arts and Sciences

Field: Graphic Design; Emerging Practices