(Photo taken by me- C'est ne pas Maiz)
With the advancement of computer technology there is a creation for opportunities to integrate these digital learning strategies into the academic environment.
The ArtSci Undergraduate Society had the opportunity to create and art exhibition titled Linear Perspectives-- inspired by the Basic Plasma Science Facility’s (BaPSF) Large Plasma Device (LAPD) at UCLA. Dr. Gekelman (who constructed the LAPD made a visit to the exhibition, and asked the students about the art pieces they constructed. It was great to see how open Dr. Gekelman was to the artistic liberties and interpretations of his scientific data.
This week’s reading titled The Biopolitics of Human Genetics Research and Its Application brought up many concepts based in evolutionary theory of homo sapien sapien phylogeny, and the scientific field as a means of consumer exploitation. The population of the United States is heterogeneous, and with such diversity comes dynamics of inequality. Due to the colonization of the Americas, the indigenous Native Americans were subjected to systematic extermination, while the African diaspora were forced into slavery.
Last week I proposed an open source digital archive of human remains for my midterm project and my peers in class opened up a discussion about the ethics of such an archive. What my peers expressed were concerns about religion and spirituality regarding the handling of human remains.
Week four of our journey in BioTech Art class took a turn into the interactive realm. It was my first time visiting the California NanoSystems Institute, which is a beautiful building with M.C. Escher-esque architecture.
Photo taken by Lili Raygoza
Last week’s discussion and exploration of the Hox Zodiac by Professor Vesna illuminated the aspect of the processual evolution characteristic of BioTech Art. Participating in the semiotics of animals within human folklore brought to my attention the way we have modified the lives of other living organisms through basic technology.
Joseph Beuys was an artist mentioned by Mick Lorusso during last week’s lecture. What struck me was the impact this artist made. Regarding his particular piece titled, How To Explain Pictures To A Dead Hare, he deals with processing the complex reflection of World War II, and its dark connotations.
Classifying BioTech Art brings about questions about the performative aspects of the manipulated living systems. At what point is BioTech Art separate from the natural processes of everyday living organisms? What is important to keep in mind is the context and intention behind each BioTech Art piece and the political ideologies they address. Artists which work in wet labs address issues of ethics in science but manipulating living organisms at the cellular level.