My topic for the chapter is "desire", and the overarching theme for the book is "sex". After some research into these two highly related topics, I decided to focus on writing about the cultural suppression of female sexuality and how there is a double standard for expression of sexuality between males and females.
The article “The Ethics of Experiential Engagement with the Manipulation of Life” by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr talked about how many artists, social scientists or humanities scholars do not understand the complexities of life or biology enough, and assumes that biology = genetics. I was really surprised when I first read that because I always thought that people would think about animals when they think about biology, instead of genetics.
Food waste is a pressing issue globally. Annually, one-third of the world’s food supply is never consumed, and domestically, up to 40% of the crops grown in America is being thrown away due to consumption patterns. Consumers overbuy, throw away food prematurely due to confusing food labels, or do not finish the meal. During the holiday seasons, 30% of the grocery stores are being thrown away.
I think I saw more innovation and advances in science and technology in this class more than any other class. I went to a high school specialized in mathematics and science, and now I am a life science major in UCLA, but futuristic innovations are always discussed only at the end of the lectures, and they remain as “the future”.
The concept of the Chinese Zodiacs is not foreign to me as someone who was born in China and raised in Singapore, maybe to the point that I even take it for granted. Last week’s class on the Zodiacs gave me a new perspective on it, and I learned so many things about the Zodiacs that I never knew! For example, I did not know that each zodiac sign is linked to a herb in Hong Kong.
After attending the class for the first time last week, it is still difficult for me to grasp the idea of BioArt. In fact, with little artistic experience (fine arts or literary), the idea of using biotechnology in art is still strange to me – maybe just because I am not used to seeing them outside the lab context.
I came to this class with no idea what Biotechnology and Art (or BioArt) is. I have asked myself many times if I will get anything out of this class at as a South Campus Major, and I was doubtful of the significance of BioArt. This feeling stayed with me as I watched the first introductory video – I struggled to understand what significance can playing Jazz to E.Coli or sending images encoded in DNA to outer space make in the world.