Center For PostNatural History

Richard Pell

Artist Bio

The Center for PostNatural History is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge relating to the complex interplay between culture, nature and biotechnology. The PostNatural refers to living organisms that have been altered through processes such as selective breeding or genetic engineering to meet human desires. The mission of the Center for PostNatural History is to acquire, interpret and provide access to a collection of living, preserved and documented organisms of postnatural origin.

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Richard Pell

Richard Pell

Pittsburgh, PA

Rich Pell is an artist working at the intersections of science, engineering and culture. He is the founder of the Center for PostNatural History, an outreach center dedicated to the collection and exposition of life-forms that have been intentionally altered through selective breeding or genetic engineering. The Center for PostNatural History has been awarded a Rockefeller New Media fellowship, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Kindle Project Maker's Muse Award and is currently in residence at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon. Pell is a professor of Electronic and Time-based Arts at Carnegie Mellon University.