This is a local subtidy support project of Gwacheon in year 2020
(Support for local culture and arts event)

The 8th Gwacheon Bio-Art
International Contest
"Virus and Human"
In the face of threats of overwhelming Pandemic around the world,
The international community needs to be more united, cooperative,
and active in communicating with each other than ever before.

We feel the need to overcome sorrow and crisis,
and we wish to host the 8th Bio-Art Conteston the theme of “Virus and Human”.

We look forward to taking time to think about humanity and to heal
and sympathize with each other through the works of many messages.

Jul 15, 2020 (Wed) ~ Aug 31, 2020 (Mon)
Fields of Entry


Who can apply

The way of apply

Application schedule
Digital photographs, Microscope pictures,
Computer graphics, Video clip

Please refer to submission rules.

Individuals and groups (maximum of 4 members),
domestic / international

Click here to fill out application form
and upload your artwork.

Jul 15th, 2020 (Wed) ~ Aug 31st, 2020 (Mon)

(In case of the mailed works, the stamp with
 the deadline date will be accepted)


- Grand Prize (1 individual or team):
    certificate + Prize of 3,000,000 KRW
- Second Prize (3 individual(s) or team(s)):
    certificate + Prize 1,000,000 KRW
- Third Prize (10 individual(s) or team(s)):
    certificate + Prize 300,000 KRW
- Participation Prize (20 individual(s) or team(s)):
- Jury Prize (3 individual(s) or team(s)):
    certificate + Prize 500,000 KRW
  * Public Tax will be charged individually.
Oct 8th, 2020 (Thu)
Small theatre, Gwacheon citizen center
Oct 8th, 2019 (Thu) ~ Oct 15th, 2019 (Thu)
Gwacheon citizen center

The Bio-Art Contest

Bio-Art contest is the cultural event for science and art to figure out the beauty of our life and to project this beauty to artwork.
Medicinal Bioconvergence Research Center (Biocon) and Seoulin Bio Science are started to hold “Bio-Art Contest” from 2013, and this is the 8th year event for Bio-art contest.
We are planing to find a beauty, made by cell, human and nature on the topic of “The Life”.
For the bio scientists, it would be the time for thinking back to their own studies and to have creative time to think about the value of their research.
It would be the opportunity for general public to become interested in bio science, which would be the framework for further advance.
This effort would not only make science friendly to the public but also give chance to think about the value and beauty of the ‘life’.



2020 - Virus and Human

    The rapidly spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus is terrifying people all over the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us a lot of material and social damage, but it has also given us the opportunity to reconsider what we have taken for granted.

    The Earth has already warned us through various infectious diseases such as SARS and MERS, and COVID-19, maybe it is the last signal from the Earth to mankind. We realized so painfully from this experience that the counterattack of the virus begins with the destruction of balance with nature caused by human selfishness.

    Any country cannot fight alone with the spread of COVID-19 all over the world. In the face of threats of overwhelming Pandemic around the world, we must stop raging against each other, such as racism, religious conflicts, and confrontations between nations. The international community needs to be more united, cooperative, and active in communicating with each other than ever before. 

    We feel the need to overcome sorrow and crisis, and we wish to host the 8th Bio-Art Contest on the theme of “Virus and Human”. We look forward to taking time to think about humanity and to heal and sympathize with each other through the works of many messages.

2019 - The Beauty of Life

Have you heard the term “Desierto Florido”? Chile's "Atacama" desert, which is 50 times drier than California's Death Valley in the U.S. It's the phenomenon of over 200 flowers blooming when torrential rains sweep through a desert where nothing seems to be alive.

The strength of the nameless seeds that have endured over the years in a harsh environment where no living creature would ever exist makes us all amazed.

But this great and vibrant nature is being collapsed by the human race. Life on Earth which existed for the last hundreds of years is going extinct due to the environmental pollution, reckless development, poaching, and so on. Soon, our descendants will throw back the beauty of fireflies only through the books.

What about our society? Lookism and life-depreciation are rampant in the society and are becoming serious social problems. It's because people only focus on the external appearance, rather than look into the beauty of life itself.

A weed that survives the cold winter in a small crack of asphalt road, a brain-dead patient who gives new life through organ donation, and a blind artist who draws hope with a touch of his hand.

Finding and sharing the fundamental beauty of life will be the first step in creating a culture of life, which is being forgotten in our society. We really want to share the beauty of life with people around the world that has been hidden and has not been recognized for a long time.


2018 - Food and Feed

There is no doubt that “Food and Feed” are very critical and fundamental elements for all living organisms on the earth.

Although we became able to live in affluence of food due to increased food productivity followed by the growth of science and technology, some ironic situations are happening because of food issues. For instance, some people are struggling due to obesity while at some parts of the world the others are starving to death. Recently, ‘Food & Eating’ has become one of the most popular contents in various media. As well, pictures of food also have become the most frequently uploaded items on SNS. On the other hand, many NGOs (Non-governmental Organizations) keep working on the campaigns, appealing the public to help poor and starving kids in Africa. There are people enjoying meats while other people are enjoying vegetarian diets.

Some people say that eating with joy would not bring any guilty-mind while others say eating light is a virtue. Besides, many healthy foods from all over the world are being introduced through various media.

At Bio-art Contest 2018, we are planning to have time to share and contemplate various problems around ‘Food and Feed’ that the world is facing today.


2017 - Virtual Life

A virtual reality that integrates two separate world opens our eyes to new possibilities and perspectives. Based on its own possibilities, digital media made people express artistic imagination in wide range through technical imagination. In this environment, many works related to human life lower the borders between the areas of art and technology, suggesting a whole new paradigm.

A life can be a substance or not. Information also can be considered a sort of life. The main agent can be expanded not only to human and nature but also to virtual life. Each agent of life creates own unique image and generates creative and artistic events with digital media.

We expect to see virtual life that would be created by combination of biology, digital technology and artistic imagination and the possibility of coexistence at ‘The 5th Bio-Art Contest’.


2016 - Survival

In the movie “the Revenant”, Leonardo Dicaprio fights with the bear, struggles with the cold in the hoarse skin, and eats the liver of a buffalo. What about the movie “Martian”? Matt Damon, who has been isolated in the Mars accidently, strives to survive with all his knowledge and given resources. Humans plan for interstellar travel through the wormhole in the movie “Interstellar” in order to save the future of human race.

As shown, the “SURVIVAL” is desperate thing which makes impossible matters possible. It cannot be exchangeable for anything for everyone. For this reason, sometimes it seems to be too serious or dramatic issue. However, indeed, the “survival” includes every single phenomenon and process that we go through from the beginning of our life to the end of our life. It means that it is very simple and basic task that every living thing has to face on a daily basis.

In the spring, the tree soaks up the water through his root, makes leaves, blooms, and then bears fruits. Every single day that a salmon goes through until she becomes a grown-up and returns to their streams of origin to spawn, and dies. Every single moment that we experience from the time when we were in the womb. Every moments of breathing, eating, working, reproducing, giving birth, and aging. What about all other cells in the nature? They divide themselves, receives oxygen and nutrients to maintain their life and then die after all…

Life, and the ‘survival’ of this life is “the thing” that is very normal but abnormal, minor but valuable, beautiful but ugly, merciful but brutal. Therefore, the reason and the mission of our existence is to find out how to understand, maintain, and develop this “life” every day. Through 2016 Bio-Art Contest, we expect that every single participant would experience time of thinking and expressing the mystique of life and survival in more creative and artistic perspective.


2015 - Sustainability: Abundance of Life

Sustainability: Abundance of Life is the theme of 2015 BIOART Exhibition organized in collaboration with SNU Medicinal Bioconvergence Research Center (Biocon), Seoulin Bioscience Co., Ltd, and the Digital Art Weeks International.

The event showcases Korean as well as international artists whose approaches cover a broad spectrum of research related to the life sciences and whose artworks explore the actual use biological materials in art.

Following its previous editions – “The Link of Life” (2013) and “Life and its Creative Energy” (2014), this year exhibition is focused on science and art in aesthetic discourse raising questions about the role of scientific research in contemporary art aesthetics and the ethical considerations raised by use of living materials in the Bio Art movement. 

Consisting of an exhibition and outreach program, the event presents actual scientific research within a gallery context and reveals to the public the methods of science that conventionally sit hidden away behind the walls of countless laboratories.

Open to the public, the outreach program explores techniques employed in laboratories by scientists within a workshop context and engages participants in a process of discovery of some of the scientific pursuits being illustrated by the artworks.

The organizers of the Bio-Art Exhibition believe that the event will provoke a debate and raise questions around contemporary bio-art practices, aesthetics and scientific inquire.


2014 - Life and Creation

Life, the creative energy! The living organism lives his or her own life by going through every step of the birth, the growth, giving birth, and the death. With all these activities, “life” truly means something. So far, we have not clearly figured out the mystique of our ‘life’. Human beings, just like other living organisms, just live the human life. Tough, humans keep trying to get closer to the ‘life’ by constantly studying the value of life. This might be the main reason why the sciences and the arts are both interested in the fundamentals of our life.

Every living organism consistently make moves in order to maintain his/her life. Metabolism, homeostasis, growth and development, exercise, reproduction and adaptation. These are all part of our life that requires elaborate efforts. Actually, we all need energy for such activities, which we call the ‘life energy’. When we talk about the order of the great nature, it refers to the phenomenon and the organic flow of this “life energy”.

Aside from very basic activities to survive, we do continue our intellectual activities to create values or to express ourselves. This means that we are the part of life that consist the nature with creative energy, which is the main difference from other living things. And this creative activities are science and art.

All sciences are referred to the activity that pursues the goal of finding unity and link between different existences in the nature while all arts are referred to the activity of expressing the value of the essence of life in the perspective of human and nature. In the end, the creative energy of humans is the power of finding life energy of the great nature and restructuring it. Thus, we can understand that ‘life’ itself is the main source of the new creation and observation, and the common factor of science and art.

In the 2nd Biocon-Seoulin Bioart Contest in 2014, we expect that the mystique and joy of life and consistently changing life energy can be bloomed to its utmost with the creative energy.


2013 - Link of Life

So far, we have not realized the real value of our lives, thinking that we are too close to each other or we just naturally deserve each other. It is such a dishonor to take the first rank of suicidal rate among OECD member countries, and it might have been caused by our indifference to each other.

Thus, finding the value of our life will be the process of finding back the value and nobility of our life that we have been forgetting about. 2013 Biocon-Seoulin Bio-Art Contest is the scientific event to figure out the value of life and to project this through artwork.

All Korean citizens are eligible to participate with their own original artwork in the forms of photography, video clip, or other facture. What is special about this contest is that we have special theme of “Link of Life”, which is the biggest difference from other existing art contests.

With given theme, we are trying to find out the beauty that cells, humans, natures are generating by making connections between each other. Through these steps, people who are studying bioscience would have creative time to find out the beauty from our daily life. For those who are interested in our life and life-related issues would become closer to bioscience from this opportunity.

We expect all participants would find out the fun of bioscience from this Biocon-Seoulin Bio-Art Contest.


  1. Who can apply: Individuals and groups (maximum of 4 members), domestic/international
  2. Fields of Entry: Digital photography, Microscope photography, Computer graphics and Video clip
  3. Requirements
    • Digital photography: 3000px minimum for longer edge, File should be saved as JPEG. File size is limited to 50MiB maximum.
      Partial touching-up is allowed, but editing, composition and synthesis are prohibited.
    • Microscope photography: It should be taken in the maximum resolution supported by device.
    • Computer graphics: 300dpi or higher resolution in A2 paper size (at least 42cm for shorter side). File should be saved as JPEG. No watermark or caption. File size is limited to 50MiB maximum.
    • The Video clips: Screen size should be in HD(1280 × 720) or FHD(1920 x 1080) square pixels. Play time should be within 3 minutes. File format should be MPEG4 (you may select H.264/AVC1 as compression codec).
    • The file should include the contents related to Bio-Art international contest.
  4. The way to apply
    • Submit online and upload the file on the contest website.
    • There is no limitation number of artwork submission per individual or group.
    • Consult with the organizer staffs if you want to submit your own special work.
    • In case of picture (painting, drawing etc.), it can be submitted as well if it can be scanned in accordance with the size with a high definition mentioned above.
  5. Judgement criteria
    • Judgement member: Professor or Expert related Bioscience, Art, Education
    • Judgement subject: artistry, technology, creativity, popularity
  6. Notes
    1. In case of fine-art artwork won the prize in this contest competition, you should send us original artwork via mail/airmail
    2. All award-winning works (Participation Prize and higher) will not be returned. The contest host can use award-winning works for non-profit marketing and promoting the events by presenting the works through exhibition, workbook, postcard, and others. The works also can be posted online gallery.
    3. For the prize money, public charge and tax will be levied on the winner.
    4. For the group candidates, the prize will be awarded as a group. The prize money will be paid to the group leader.
    5. Depending on the quality and quantity of candidate works, the prize giving details are subject to change.
    6. Works with inaccurate candidate information or works not complying with the work specifications and requirements can be exempted from the evaluation.
    7. In case of the work already won the prize from other contests or similar works to other works, awards will be automatically cancelled.
    8. In case of legal issues around submitted works and award-winning works, such as plagiarism, copyrights, or image rights, the prize money should be returned and the prize will be invalidated. The relevant candidates are liable for any legal issues incurred in this case.
    9. In case of the works submitted in abnormal way or submitted before/after designated period will be rejected
    10. In case of the works submitted via email without consultation with committee in an email/phone call, works will be ignored/rejected
    11. Contest details and schedules are subject to change due to certain circumstances. Any changes will be notified on the website.
    12. For those who wish, works can be submitted by mail or visiting. However, all costs including transportation should be covered by the candidates. If the works are mailed, the stamp with the deadline date will be accepted.
    13. Except for the award-winning works, candidates are allowed to retrieve their works from November 2 (Monday) 2020 ~ December 31 (Thursday) 2020 (09:00-18:00/ closed on Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays). The rights on the works not retrieved will belong to Medicinal Bio-Convergence Research Center.
  7. Artwork submission to:
    • “The 8th Bio-Art International Contest”, Medicinal Bioconvergence Research Center, 4F of Building #511 POSCO GREEN, International Campus, Yonsei University, 85 Songdogwahak-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea, Postal code: 21983
    • Note: The contest is not responsible for any possible disadvantages caused by delayed arrival or damage of the work.


BioArt Contest Committee, Medicinal Bioconvergence Research Center, Yonsei University
General Management | Tel: +82 32.822.8377, Fax: +82 32.822.8378, Email: contest@bio-art.org
System Administrator | Tel: +82 32.822.8371, Email: sysadmin@bio-art.org