HRS177|Spring2016

Can Hox Animals Ever Exist?

I enjoyed eating my way through the Chinese zodiac this past week! After I got back home, I was describing the experience to one of my friends and she asked me what I thought the creature that I created by eating the “DNA” of the various animals would look like, and my imagination began to flow.

This is what I came up with:

My Hox animal :)

Animals, Humans, Biotechnology, and Society

In lecture we spoke about many interesting connections and parallels between animals and humans. More so than my connection to a Zodiac animal, I was especially enthralled by the scientific and artistic uses of animal capabilities in applications for humans. In lecture we briefly mentioned the creation of a prosthetic limb that can sense pressure changes and when I was looking it up I found a related creation that uses chameleon skin technology to create pressure-sensitive elastic ‘skin’ that changes color with touch and surrounding conditions.

Is everything we know about Chinese mythology related?

            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.

BioArt and its Implications on our view of Health

To me, Mick Lorusso’s most striking project was his work with the Museum of Endoluminosity. Diamonds are fascinating geologically, as the hardest substance on earth, and it was interesting to see them integrated into his BioArt work. Lorusso’s ability to find connections across life, our minds, art, health, and spirituality is incredible and his project focuses not just on the diamonds themselves, but their ability to reflect and refract light across surfaces.

Interpretion of the thoughts of other species

   From Mick’s lecture last week, I realized that many bioart works are inspired by our incentives to interpret or visualize what living creatures other than the human being are thinking. And it does not matter whether we are able to really decipher the language of other living species. What bio artists are trying to do is to engage people to think about the presence of different forms of lives in a way that we have never thought about.

Should all scientists be bioartists to some extent?

            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.

Art has the answers

While Mick's whole lecture intrigued me, I feel that the idea of environmental Agitation Propaganda especially stood out to me. I feel that half the issue with dealing with environmental issues is that people keep continuing to ignore the fact that something still needs to be done about so many environmental issues caused by pollution.

A Field of Endless Opportunities

            Before I jump in to speak about the amazing lecture given by Mike Lorusso last week, I wanted to discuss a couple of connections I made from what I learned last week to the week previous to that. One of the more important things I wanted to address is the idea mentioned in last weeks readings about the limited number of bioart galleries/projects that are accessible to the public . Upon first reading about bioart, I immediately felt the need to share it with other people!

The Emotion and Practicality Behind BioArt

This week we all had the pleasure of hearing Mick Lorusso speak about his own experiences within the world of biotechnology and art. Having reflected on my own experiences with BioArt last week, I entered the classroom eager to learn more about the motivation behind each piece as well as the greater purpose intended by its artist. I left the classroom with a greater understanding of the aforementioned aspects of biotechnology and art, along with the inspiration to one day create my own piece of BioArt.

Pinar Yoldas Event

I’d like to start by thanking you for recommending this event! Pinar Yoldas was an amazing speaker and her work is both ingenious and inspiring. It was remarkable to see the range and depth of her pieces. While I was captivated by all of the pieces she presented, there were two pieces in particular that especially sparked my interest.

Bioart Continues to Amaze

After listening to Mick Lorusso’s presentation about the Wetware exhibit, I have a better understanding of the article by Jens Hauser that we read week one. One of the themes in Hauser’s article was the fact that bioart is hard to present due to the intense maintenance required to upkeep the exhibition. After hearing about some of the ways in which Wetware must be maintained, I have a much greater appreciation for all of the work that goes into making bioart available to the public.

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