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.
The first was her collection that focused on the “Plastisphere” and the plastic Primordial Soup Model. This particularly interested me because I partook in a 4-year marine biology program in high school, and I’m also an avid scuba diver, so these issues of marine pollution are areas that I find especially disturbing. While these microplastics are certainly detrimental to marine ecosystems, I had never thought to relate them to the Primordial Soup Model of evolution. Her novel postulation of how these microplastics could possibly spark a new evolutionary trend was both thought provoking and inventive, especially since she outlined a feasible ecosystem that functioned with these new “plastivores.” As a science major, I particularly appreciated the level of detail of her “plastivores” regarding the specifics of the organs necessary for harnessing energy and the specific receptors needed, etc.—it made it much more applicable and plausible! I also enjoyed her positive evolutionary outlook regarding the state of plastic pollution in our oceans due to the North Pacific Gyre and I thought it was an incredibly creative ‘solution’ to the future of our ocean ecosystems. Perhaps this will be the next step in evolution!
The second piece that I thought was especially remarkable was “Fool’s Fowl.” I found it so inspiring that I think my jaw literally dropped when she was describing this project! Everything she said about the project made absolute sense. Personally, I was vegetarian for 18 years, but I had to start eating meat, essentially only chicken, because of my overactive metabolism and need for more substantial protein sources. I am well aware of the terrible conditions that these animals undergo, and this seems like the perfect solution to that problem! In fact, I’m surprised this idea hasn’t already been integrated into the food industry. I agree with Pinar Yoldas completely in that this is the most humane approach to keeping chickens and utilizing them as food sources. While I had some concerns regarding the ability of the body to function without many essential organs, like the brain, the overall concept is outstanding and I think it’s a brilliant and practical application of BioArt.
These two pieces are the types of BioArt pieces that I find especially remarkable—ones that seamlessly combine biotechnology and art to create resourceful and imaginative pieces that have shockingly relevant applications in society, the environment, and in every day life. I am more than eager to explore the works of more BioArists such as Pinar Yoldas and discuss more interdisciplinary pieces that have practical and meaningful applications!
"Fool's Fowl, 2013." Pinar Yoldas. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.
"From Primordial Ooze to Plastic Soup." RSS. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.
"Plastisphere." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.
"The Plastisphere." Smithsonian Ocean Portal. 30 Apr. 2013. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.
"Great Pacific Garbage Patch." National Geographic Education. 2014. Web. 9 Apr. 2016.