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This course studies how bioart blurs distinctions between science and art through the combination of artistic and scientific processes, creating wide public debate. It explores the history of biotechnology as well as social implications of this science.
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BLOGS

Schedule Spring 2020

Students research animals on Chinese zodiac wheel based on their sign, and propose specific menus. Students forage campus to taste food. Discussion of complexity of animals in food chain and in laboratory experiments. Study based on decade-long collaboration between media artist/instructor and neuroscientist Siddharth Ramakrishnan.

Snake Offering: Zodiac Lunch

Looking through the snake diet I saw that most of the foods were Mediterranean-Greek staples like “lamb”, “yogurt”, “cheese”, etc. (HoxZodiac.com) So, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to support a local business and family favorite during this pandemic-economic crisis - a family-owned Greek restaurant in Oceanside, California - Paul’s Place.

Hox Zodiac Lunch

For my food offering, I kept it simple (much like the entire diet of the rabbit)! A small portion of strawberries, bananas, and granola is something that a rabbit would greatly enjoy! However, though strawberries and bananas is what I decided to bring to our zodiac lunch, this small gathering of fruit would actually be more than a rabbit would need for an entire two weeks!

Dragon Offering: Zodiac Lunch

As a dragon, my zodiac organ is the stomach. Although the dragon is the only zodiac animal that does not appear in nature, many dragon foods focus around digestive health and wellbeing. I am an undergraduate researcher in a microbiome lab on campus, and there has been a lot of discussion around fermented foods and probiotics, even though their effectiveness is still not fully known. However, since I already had a sourdough starter, I decided to make sourdough starter scallion pancakes!

Introduction and Thoughts on Rabbits

Hi! My name is Jaz Stringfellow (they/them) and I’m a third year music education major from Ventura County. I am the year of the rabbit. I was interested in this class because I’ve always enjoyed cooking starting in high school, when I’d have to figure out how to feed myself after school. Cooking and preparing food has always been a creative outlet for me because my empty stomach always pushed me to think outside the box and create things in a way I still have trouble with as a musician.

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