Nurit Bar-Shai is an interdisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of art, science and technology. She is an educator and the co-founder and Arts and Culture Program Director of Genspace NYC, a citizens-science community biotech lab in Brooklyn, NY. As an artist working with biological systems, she conducts experiments through creative collaborative inquiries and addresses the ethics and the emerging practices of DIY biology, growth materials, communication systems and social networks in nature and soft-genetic manipulation.
Her work has been exhibited, including at the Science Gallery, Dublin, IDEA space at Colorado Springs, the Bloomfield science Museum, Jerusalem, OK-Center in Linz, The National Art Center in Tokyo, and SESI Gallery in Sao Paulo. Bar-Shai received a Prix Ars Electronica 2007 Honorary Mention, the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival Jury Award, ETC Finishing Funds award, funded by NYSCA, ARTIS Contemporary Israeli Art Fund Grant.
Turbulence.org commissioned her work, with funds from The Greenwall Foundation and with funds from The Jerome Foundation, included in the collection of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornel University. Her work is featured in the book BioDesign: Nature + Science + Creativity by William Myers, published by The MoMA.