My first impressions and thoughts regarding my initial encounters with this subject was awe and interest. I had rarely considered that science and art is an up and coming field and its own industry. I had heard of images taken in lab being made into paintings and show pieces and even in my own laboratory that I volunteer in, many of the pictures in the hallways are pieces of art of cells or images related to the research study. I was even forwarded an email invitation by the David Geffen School of Medicine to submit pieces to The Beat, DGSOM's journal of arts and literature. I did not realize until the first class meeting that it is more than just a hobby and more than just a coincidence that certain people have passions for both science and art, bringing the two together. It is a very interesting and eye-opening field that many people have been involved with for many years.
Photo Credit: Shankar Iyer; Thao Nguyen Lab, UCLA. This is a photo of neonatal rat ventricular myocytes that an undergraduate in my lab took.
Photo Credit: Minu Madhvani, Shankar Iyer, Himani Madnawat; Thao Nguyen Lab, UCLA. This is a photo of a myocyte immunostain that I mostly performed by myself for the first time to test an antibody. I thought this looked interesting in relation to how I prepared the slide for imaging.
Photo Credit: Unknown; this is a picture of an micrograph of heart cell membranes that is in the hallway on the wall just outside the lab I volunteer. I thought it was pretty cool.
When discovering the film Strange Culture, I did not realize that biotech+art is a significant field that it has and still continues to garner government concern in certain areas such as bioterrorism. It also is a bit disappointing as this field is very innovative and beautiful can be manipulated and viewed as somewhat of a threat. Art in general provides a medium for expression, and it should be no surprise that such lack of limitations and freedom of expression can trigger controversial responses to certain works. Biotech+art pieces can generate and make strong statements, which can build much interest towards the work as it is the subject of discussion, but can simultaneously hurt whatever the piece is trying to represent. Nevertheless, it was interesting to learn that this field, although fairly new, has been around long enough to be on the government’s radar.
I am most excited to learn more about biotech+art and its application to food. I had previously taken a class discussing food and health on a global perspective and it will be interesting how food, especially genetically modified organisms (GMOs) play into art. In addition, food is a very important part of life and existence, making it even more intriguing. I am very excited about this class not only because it bridges two of my passions, but it also connects the two fields of science and art in a meaningful manner. Often times, art and science remain separate but to see the two come together and create works that are meaningful and relevant to everyone is remarkable
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