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Art from the Biocurious

Art from the Biocurious

by Marnia Johnston and Kathryn Gritt

In this talk Marnia and Kathryn will discuss the work of a broad range of artists (and scientist-artists) who use living organisms as the inspiration and means by which they make work. Topics will include: genetic engineering, tissue culture, bacteria, cloning, synthetic ecologies, and emergent behavior. They will also include in the talk subjects that mimic life systems: vivaria, "smart" buildings, robots and cyborgs. As artistic work with living beings and life science practices sets in motion ethical, social and aesthetic inquiries, the talk will conclude with a discussion that considers the practicalities and implications of the artists’ and researchers’ work. Questions we will consider: How are artists interpreting the ideas surrounding re-engineered life? How does the work go beyond representation? Does the work accurately reflect the research? Why or why not? At what stage does life become alive? What is a 'body'? How are artists answering the question, ‘what does it mean to be human?’

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The thought-provoking assortment of art inspired by or utilizing biology sparked real discussion, and I met some interesting and nice people.

    April 25, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    As always, the BioCurious meetings bring in experts from a wide range of fields!

    April 25, 2010

  • Eri G.

    Hey Michael. Where are you coming from? I'm wondering where most people are located... We have the meetups in Mountain View because that's where we(I) are(am) and where we have a lab. I'm certainly open to someone scoping out alternate venues and meeting topics. Do you propose something? We are definitely still of a DIYbio nature but changed the meetup name to better reflect our group.

    April 23, 2010

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