October 2009 Archives

Assignment for November 4

During his visit with our class next week (November 4 in Regis W123) Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, Director of the U of MN Center for Bioethics, will give a presentation on what ethicists do and then lead class discussion on the topic: Should Artists Be Allowed To Manipulate Life and What Manipulations Are Acceptable? To prepare for this discussion your assignment for this week is to consider this topic and come prepared to discuss it. Prepare for this discussion by reviewing all of the Bioart project on the class blog (http://blog.lib.umn.edu/willow/bioart/bioart-resources/) and think about them in the context of this discussion. Also decide where you place the limit, if you have one, on what should be allowed.

Art Gallery

The collection that interested me, in the art gallery we attended last week, the most was one with the World War II soldiers. Even though their pictures were taken in Minnesota, its was pretty cool to see how the experiences of the soldiers looked like during the war. In a way you could say this can be Bio-Art. Since soldiers were deployed in this new environment they had to rely on their survival skills that they would have never used in their civilized lives. They had to find food, shelter, and did everything just to live on. It was also kind of cool how the pictures looked so real and as if they were taken of the real event with our current technology.

Char Bogonko (b-storm)

Presentation Brainstorm

X-Ray images - Tracking food's movement.  Audio?  Stereoscopic recordings?
Aesthetics of food - Why is it appealing?  Smell?  What makes it appealing? Color's impact?  Cook book pictures?  Photo techniques?
'Threshold' as you enter the room - Smell?  Visual?  Audio?
No separation of living and nonliving art
Collaborations between classmates - Blog thread for brainstorming?  Contact list?  Facebook group?
Petri dish art?
Video?  Time-lapse spider web?  How would we create a space for a video that does not interfere with other works? 
Use the space such as lights, audio, and structure of the room.

Brainstorming 10/21

  • Living matter
  • Plant mutation; glowing
  • Time lapse videos
  • Visitor interaction
  • E coli black light
  • Interactions between living matter
  • Bio luminescents
  • Assembling living matter
  • 3D imaging
  • Fluorescent decomposers eating
  • Swirling fluorescent
  • Vines twining
  • Micro motion

Art Exhibition

The display of art that I liked the most was the series created by Areca Roe. Her pieces consisted of average everyday environments with an animal somehow encorporated into them. The series included The Wallpaper, The Laundry, The Lights, The Boxes, and The Sheets. I can't say too much about what Areca was expressing through this display, but I think they symbolize a relationship between human beings along with the world that we live in and wild animals; two things that are often not seen together. I really like these photos, and they're something that I could see hanging on my wall. I would love to see other pieces added to the series to see what other creative ideas Areca has.

Reflection (by Xiaohan Wang

Frankly say, of almost all of the pictures, I can't touch the painter's thought... But of thouse I like most is Jeff Millikon's and Sam Joolihan's compositions. Jeff Millickan's picture combined honeycomb and other vision of a map or pages in a book, which created a kind of feeling that the thing is existed in an illutinon between human and nature. In Sam Hoolihan's compositon, I didn't find some special point, I simply like the room style and color. All of them let me feel comfortable to look at.

PICTURES!

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Emily Berlin- BLANKET

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Erin Hernsberger's work "BLANKET" seems to (surprisingly) be my favorite from the Nash Art Gallery. Walking around a gallery like this one it's easy to just get lost in a sort of stupor and mindlessly wander. Occasionally a piece really catches your eye. Less often than that it causes conversation. BLANKET brought about a (suprisingly, again) long conversation and much thought. Another favorite was Anthony Marchetti's piece "5-325 BR." 
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This piece evoked thought on my childhood- how the house looked when it was very nearly empty, before it was completely clean, all the earrings and marbles and spoons you found hiding in little places. Also, my brother totally had that dresser. The one in the middle.

Background 2009 Feifei ZHang

Photographs, videos, all the art pieces in that exhibition drew my attention as the moment I enter ed the atmosphere. Strolling around the area, I found at the edge of the showcase, bed sheets are hung up on the rope. 2-3 bed sheets per rope and around 7 ranks of them. My attention was shifted to these "life" piece. The first rank of bed sheet which I can see reminds me of childhood right away. I was still doubting if I can enter the bed-sheet jungle. However, my body took control in this case. I walked through the ranks and enjoyed the mini-adventure. There is no repeated patterns. All patterns, designs, or colors remind me of cheerful purity. Background 2009 is an art piece consisted of video and bed sheets.( A television is placed on a low tree trunk. Another piece of trunk shown was situated in the very front of the TV. The video was played with no sound, instead, just a images he showed. It is my (favorite piece largely ) of because of the class. But the set-up and all a colorful show you can always created more popularer
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Gallery Visit

The photo that grabbed my attention was from Minna Rainio's photographic series titled SOMEWHERE ELSE.  It was a collection of close ups of post cards.  It was difficult to make out the pictures except from a distance.  One gave me goosebumps.  It had a caption, which I assume is the title, that said 'The next day she crossed the border'.  It was the only picture on the wall.  The picture itself was a blurry horizon line, but the way it was presented made it feel infinite, almost as if once she crossed the border in the picture, she had a completely blank and limitless future.

Gallery Exhibition (Matthew Paul Schroeder)

While i was walking through the gallery I found one photo that really caught my eye. This piece was of a garden with a sprinkler going off in the center of it. The use of water from the sprinkler really called attention to the picture and gave the picture pure motion that drew the viewer in. And compared to all the rest of the pieces in the exhibit this picture had life. All other pictures were of some broken furniture in a room, a lady laying in bed or just a man standing there. I very much enjoyed this piece, although i can't remember the name, it was of beautiful quality and was by far the most stunning photo in the gallery.

Shada Ahrar- Art Exhibition

Walking through the exhibition was an interesting experience. As I walked through the exhibition I noticed that the walls of the exhibition were all white. This made the artwork stand out. I really enjoyed walking through the exhibition and seeing the different pieces of artwork. I thought that is was neat how a series of artwork from the same artist was presented on one wall or on one section of the wall. The first pieces of artwork I saw were the "Mirror and Window" series. There were five of these pictures. It seemed that the artist was trying to catch what people do when they walk past a window; do they look through it, do they look at their reflection, or do they just walk right past it? I also thought that the artwork with the animal cut outs of different everyday objects was fascinating. I especially liked the piece where there were penguin cut outs on different boxes, and how we could see what were in the boxes from the penguin cut outs.

 The one piece that caught my eye was "Emily in the Sanctuary." This piece grabbed my attention because of the beautiful stain glassed window. However, when I got closer to the piece I no longer noticed the stain glassed window I noticed how mess the room in the piece was. There were two pieces to "Emily in the Sanctuary." One piece, the first piece that I looked at, contained a beautiful stain glassed window in a messed room. The second piece contained another beautiful stain glassed window in a clean and organized room. I thought this piece was interesting because the stain glass window caught my eye from far away, but when I got closer different aspects of the photo caught my eye.

Gallery - Amanda Yeager

When I first walked into the exhibition I thought the environment was very welcoming. I really like how they space the exhibits because your eyes can just wander from piece to piece really easily without being bombarded with other things. It was really just a great environment for looking at artwork. The artist whose photographs really stood out for me was Caroline Houdek's. Her photos were of woodland scenes and they really reminded me of home, because where I live it is basically all woods, so her photographs just really stood out for me because of what they represented. They really made me feel something the other  art pieces just didn't.

Brianna Mattson-Hok Se La Rabbit

When I was looking through the gallery, there were a lot of pieces I very much liked but there was one artist in particular that made me really look hard at his works and think deeply about them. His name is Gary Hallman and his works consisted of, If my memory serves me right, images with mixed environments all shoved together. The one that really got me looking at his works was called "Hok Se La Rabbit". It had both a city and a outdoors environment put together, not in any order, just kind of thrown into one another and at the very center was a rabbit. You could have easily missed it if you werent looking hard at it, it took me a minute just to see what the blotch in the middle of the work was. But it got me thinking, now im not sure what the artists true intentions were for this peice but It made think of how I really need to focus my attention on what makes sense in my life, like i needed to focus to see the rabbit. The rabbit in the work was the only clear thing there, everything else was jumbled and scrambled and didnt make sense. I saw the rabbit as something I need to really focus on in my life, like school, and as a reminder not to dwell on things past or bad things that don't make sense, like the environments surrounding the rabbit. I liked this piece very much and would love to see more of Gary's works.

Gallery, Erika Haug

I particularly enjoyed seeing the first set of picture by Steve Stenzel. He had two pictures of a farm, and one of a lake. They had a pinhole camera quality to them. I really liked them because they reminded me of growing up because i grew up on a farm and we had a cabin on a lake nearby. I really liked the intensity of the colors in the photos and also how there were streaks of light in some of the pictures. It really gave the pictures and unique quality and really made them catch my eye.  

Gallery Experience-10/21 Max Stahel

     Visiting the gallery was fun and exciting.  I am very happy with how the art was laid out and how it fit in with its surroundings.  The gallery was mostly gray which is a great neutral color to display work on.  The gallery was also laid out in a maze form.  This gave the spectator a chance to observe all art and even force it at times.  I looked at all pieces of art and had a favorite and a least favorite piece.  My least favorite work was the multi-framed pictures of the naked woman because it was very disturbing.  My favorite art work in the gallery was "Despite Hurdles, We're Fine".  This portrait intrigued me in a couple of ways.  This work could actually be considered bio-art because it incorporates a living plant into a scene in which it is taking over a city.  The eucalyptus plants were based on a very large scale compared to the city.  The work contained colors such as maroon, green and gray which I think go very well together.  The city scene appealed to me as I grew up in a big city (Minneapolis).  I would hang this piece of art in my room any day.  The gallery was a good experience for me because I have not been to too many of them in my life.  I am learning more and more that it is not just all about the art itself but also the ways in which it os presented.  

Microbial Art Links

Jess Kessler - The Boxes by Areca Roe

     I thought that boxes was a very striking piece. It was a picture of a basement with boxes and the boxes had penguins cut out of them. Areca's animal series made me think. The box one mostly because I spent most of my childhood moving back and fourth between cities, so boxes hold a dear place in my heart. Also because one of my favorite comedians makes fun of grammar, by comparing box to ox (oxen to boxen).
     But on a more environmental issue, the pieces make me think of the connection between nature and civilization, and how that bond is weakening. Not as many people sit out and watch the sun rise over the horizon as they used too. I thought it was cunning how she cut out silhouettes of the animals instead of using a real, physical animal itself.
      I thought the use of the gallery was kinda cold. It was a very large space that felt empty to me. I understand of giving each artist their own space to express themselves, but it sent chills down my spine. I have been to the Louvre and it was warm and welcoming, maybe because it was just ninety degrees outside. But they placed the art in order of themes and culture. Maybe its just me. 

Laura Nelson: Nash Gallery Experience

I found Andy Mattern's remote control series to be the most striking for me. In particular, I enjoyed "DVD Remote," because of its simplicity and because of the connection I drew from this piece between color and modern technology. The remotes in his series varied in shape, size, and colors from white to gray. I immediately noticed "DVD Remote" because it was gray. The other remotes were white and slightly more aerodynamic-looking than the gray remote which appeared to be several years older. This difference caused me to think about the changing aesthetics of technology, especially the shift from boxy gray and black electronics to space-age-looking white ones. Who knew that art would have so much to do with a DVD remote?

The Nash Gallery is a wonderful space. I appreciate that one can see the Rarig Center and Ted Mann Concert Hall from the windows; a connection between art, theater, and music. I also enjoyed viewing various media in the gallery and was impressed by the capacity to show video and sound recordings. 

Lauren Mackmiller- "Background" and "Time and Time Again"

Background consisted of a stump of a log, sheets, and a TV. The TV was displaying kidnapped victims of terrorist groups. I chose this one because I'm in Spanish and have learned about many of the South American, Central American, and Spanish terrorist groups. It was helpful knowing the language because many of the captions were in Spanish. I don't understand why there was no sound because if one didn't speak spanish they wouldn't understand what secuestrador meant nor if they weren't educated on the topic and would not no the FARC is a very dangerous Colombian terrorist group that kidnaps people to gain political strength

153rd PA Infantry, James Henkel (Charlene Bogonko)

Being in the Nash gallery was an interesting experience. I enjoy being able to walk around viewing different art pieces with the freedom to explore and create my own meanings, it makes the art more alive and more relevant. 
The piece which spoke to me the most at the Nash Gallery was the 153rd PA Infantry photograph don my James Henkel. He printed it with a pigment ink print and it created some pretty cool effects. The bottom of the picture was blurred a bit, and couldn't quite be seen clearly due to the pigmentation. Towards the top of the statue however, everything seemed to be clearing up, until I could see, without obstruction, the man at teh top of the monument, with a trumpet in his hand. 
I saw a struggle which might have started with strong support and strong opposition, and at first it wasn't as clear as to who was going to come out on top. However, as time went on, slowly, a winner began to emerge, and as the winner emerged, the end was visible. At the end, one person remained, blowing a trumpet of victory.

"Disembodied Cuisine" (Charlene Bogonko)

In this project, the Tissue Art and Culture project attempted to build frog skeletal muscles over biopolymers that will potentially be edible, as a steak. This more current project was based on a previous endeavor with pre-natal sheep cells. They were able to grow a steak from a sheep in utero, while the sheep itself was healing.  In essence they are attempting to create "victimless" meat that can be consumed. 
Beneficially, this project can be the solution for many-a-vegeterian who would not otherwise eat meat for the sometimes harsh and inhumane conditions some animals are grown in for consumption, and decrease the number of animals that have to endure such.
Ethically, this project has the potential to be problematic with its use of the "Semi-living" as the experimental point, as it may introduce the exploitation of the "Semi-living". 
Artistically, it reaches once again into the connection between man and science, and how natural things such as the meat we eat everyday, can be linked to biological sciences and produce a beautiful and useful piece of art. 

John Audubon

John James Audubon is a well known wildlife painter.  He is known for his paintings of birds.  Birds of America is a collection of 425 life-sized prints of his paintings.  His work turned nature into fine art that was then used for documentation of bird species. But after some more thought, I may have changed my mind as to whether or not this is Bio Art.  It is undeniably fine art featuring a biological subject, but I don't think that qualifies.  So, art featuring biology is not Bio Art?

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Emily Berlin- Centuries old Bio-Art

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BioArt has been with us since the very dawn of civilization. Just take a look at all the classic old gardens. The picture above is a 17th Century Scottish Renaissance Garden at Drummond Castle that has been carefully preserved.
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Sissinghurst garden.gifThis is part of the garden at Sissinghurst Castle, which was actually created in the 1930s but based off of classic English gardens.
restored roman garden.JPGSome of the oldest gardens are Roman gardens, this one has been restored, obviously, but this just goes to show you that even way back then people found beauty and art in the biological world. They have even uncovered marvelous gardens in Pompeii. These Roman gardens are essentially the basis for all other gardens.

"Genpets" Feifei Zhang

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Ok., My first thought is what the hell is this??? It looks like a bat to me, with some realistic liveness to it. This is a project by Adam Brandej.

Adam Brandejs' recent work mounts a more successful critique of biotechnology without actually using it. Genpets (2005-06) presents a fake biotech company, Bio-Genica, which purports to sell genetically engineered pets in convenient clamshell packaging. Genpets come in a variety of color-coded personalities and are kept in a "hibernation state," with a "fully functional heart-rate monitor." A "fresh strip" ensures quality until you take them home. "They are living pets, but better, modified to be as reliable, dependable and efficient as any other technology we use in our busy lives," the Web site explains.

I don't know if it is better than other technology we use, but one thing: we are promoting more technology and genetic biology into our lives. Another thing for sure: the living pet won't exceed, or be better than real animal.


"Product" information 

http://www.genpets.com/index.php

 

Elizabeth Edwards "Skin Culture"

Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoît Mangin founded this project in which artists would grow human skin using their own tissue. After the skin cultured and grew larger, the artists would decorate the skin with tattoos. The tattoos were supposed to reflect the artists in some way creating a new form of a self-portrait.

 

http://www.stillliving.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/pages/artists/aao.htm

Lauren Mackmiller-Tree Mountain

Tree Mountain was started in 1982. The artist, Agnes Denes, wanted to combine environmental artwork with global, ecological, social, and cultural issues. It is a land reclamation project that is designed to unite human intellect with the wonders of nature. In total, 10,000 trees were planted to configurate to an intricate mathematica formula, which was modeled after sunflower/pineapple patterns. It is evident when seen from an arial view that it is manmade, but it fits into nature because the trees holds the land from erosion, enhances oxygen production and provides a home for wide life. 

 

 

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Stelarc's Images!! (posted by Xiaohan Wang)

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      I found a fantastic person to talk about today, but I'm not sure anybody here had talk about him before... hope not.This guy is called Stelarc, who is an Australia performance artist with mutifarious creative thought. Firstly I got to know about him from his piece called "Ear on arm". (link on his website: http://www.stelarc.va.com.au/earonarm/index.html ) The sparkle of this picture is described as "his implanted, wifi enabled "third" ear" (in another website), of which I think it shows an awesome combination of human and technology.

      http://www.stelarc.va.com.au/ Here is his official website. Every time you open his personal website, it will show you a different picture of his creation. Here are a couple of one copied from his website, and lots of them like a cool rhapsody of human and technology, living body and feelingless machine, and conjecture and truth of the future.

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I think I'm going to find more about him to talk next week.


|||@_@:  I was just wondering: was he the same person who put a tiny machine in his stomach?



Green Cars (Matthew Paul Schroeder)

This new form of artwork takes the concept of the "green" automobile very literally. As you can see from the pictures in the link these cars are covered with real live grass. Not only does covering your car in grass make your wheels look extra fly it also provides shade and a natural cooling system for the car. This natural cooling saves energy that would normally be used for air conditioning. It could also be said that this car "balances out" the emissions that the car gives off but that's most likely not true unless you covered a hybrid car in grass.grass_cars_11.jpg
http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1726
http://damncoolpics.blogspot.com/2008/05/grass-covered-cars.html

Fish bone art

this week I found a woman that made pictures out of bone. everyday she would walk to streets of her city and find fish bones that had been thrown away. Then she would chemically treat them and use them to replicate painting of the Qing dynasty. I think that this is a really creative way to use garbage, and also it is interesting to use fish, which is an important item in the chinese culture, to replicate important paintings from their past. It is an interesting mixture of two different parts of a very interesting culture.  


Caitlin Berrigan sheds new light on hepatitis C through chocolate. She "attempts to befriend" the virus by creating chocolate truffles that resemble its protein structure. Her team cast the chocolates from plaster models based on a 3-D image of the virus. Berrigan's motive behind these viral confections is to provide a new perspective on what it means to carry hepatitis C, a virus normally viewed as a biological enemy. She lives with the virus and calls it a friend, thus investigating her own relationship to her illness. Literally, she shelters the virus as it lives in her body, and symbolically, she houses it when she eats a virus-shaped truffle. Her art is designed to provoke new ideas about the identity of hepatitis C, while also creating a sweet treat. 

The Human Canvas- Sammy Dunne

As it's title describes, the BioArt project that I have chosen is turning the body itself into a work of art. We see this particular project every day of our lives, exposing itself in the forms of piercings and tattoos. This 51 minute documentary goes deep into analyzing the body as a canvas through manipulation of the skin. Within 1 minute 30 seconds of this film, I had to turn it off. My weak stomach stood no chance against the descriptive images of needles puncturing skin and scallop knives splitting tongues. Although I could not finish the video (indeed, barely start it) it proposed an interesting angle to BioArt. I started to think of different traditions in cultures, including lip-disks, neck rings, bindis, etc.. as being forms of art. Changes to the body are some of the most personal ways for the self -the artist- to distinguish themselves and establish a uniqueness. Here is the link to the video, I caution you, it is not for the weak stomached. You also must have a Youtube account to verify that you are over 18 in order to watch it. 


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Nail Art

I found a neat form of art in nail decorating. These people came up with ways to incorporate nature into fake fingernails which I thought was a little gross but still kind of cool. They have a ton of different ideas and designs and I just thought it was really interesting to see some of them and I was a little bit curious how they made a lot of these because it all had to be very intricate work.

 

http://www.funkytrend.com/?s=nails&submit.x=0&submit.y=0

Shada Ahrar

"Specimen of Secrecy about Marvelous Discoveries" is a piece by Edwardo Kac. It is a series of works that Edwardo calls "biotopes." These biotopes are living pieces that change during the exhibition in response to internal metabolism and environmental conditions. Each biotope is a self-sustaining ecology made of small living beings in a medium of earth, water and other materials. The microorganisms in these biotopes interact with and support each other. I chose this piece because it reminded me of the piece that we looked at in class; I found both bioart works interesting.

 http://www.ekac.org/specimen.html

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Generating Art by Thought

Artists have been working for years to try to establish a means of capturing not only the appearance of a person but also their inner being.  Of course, you get a sense of the photographer's personality by looking at their work- colorful work may lead you to believe that the artist is energetic and probably happy. Or maybe its the angle that gives them away.  But can we prod deeper into a person's makings just by looking at a photo?  Well, Menezes has been using fMRI equipment to image the brain of the model while performing tasks that characterize themselves.  She calls the resulting images Fuctional Portraits.  She has made a functional portrait of herself while drawing.  She plans to paint the brain by manipulating its activity.  By knowing what brain regions are activated when stimulated by certain tasks, she wants to "paint" a complex brain activity pattern.  It becomes possible to create art by thought.

I thought that this take on art was very interesting.  I mean, manipulating the brain to make a specific pattern?  Pretty creative if you ask me.  It would be a great idea for a self portrait as well.  By looking at it, the viewer can see what really stimulates a person; thus seeing farther into their personality without even communicating with them.

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I believe this photo shows Marta's brain while drawing.

Embrasing Animals (Randy Lee) 10/14

This may another very controversial piece of Bio Art I found on the internet. It showcases rats that were genetically engineered with human DNA. Since the artist feels that rats and humans were so closely similar in some of their natural properties such as metabolism, she decided to mix their DNA so people will think about how similar they are and see them more like "cousins" and not just as "pets" or lab rats. In my opinion crossbreeding is an issue that requires moral thinking to initiate, especially when human DNA is involved. Even though this might be a small type of cross-breeding, it may have some people arguing whether it has a place in art or not.

http://www.ciac.ca/magazine/archives/no_23/en/oeuvre3.htm

How Much Gum Can You Chew? Jess Kessler

     This is probably one of the coolest things I have seen in a while. Maurizio Savini is an artist who express his art through chewing gum, creating life like beings. I think it is a very cool concept. Now keep in mind he doesnt chew all of the pieces, only a couple, otherwise he would probably have to have jaw surgery or something.

A link to more photos:
http://bibi.org/2008/01/maurizio_savini/

Last week link:
http://weburbanist.com/2007/11/05/painting-the-town-green-7-examples-of-bizarre-and-amazing-plant-grass-and-moss-art/


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Dan Hillier (Brianna Mattson)

This is one of the more obvious BioArt pieces i've found interesting. An artist by the name of Dan Hillier draws pictures of people mixed with animals, usually in each exhibit he does, there is a common theme as to what animal he uses. His most recent works, entitled " Dan Hillier's New Tentacle Horrors" features victorian people with tentacles for limbs. Most of which are in black and white. I know this isn't much for the biology part of BioArt but I found it tremendously fascinating to look through the galleries. These pieces are something I'd love to have posters of or even frame, I'm not sure why I just find the positions of the people and the emotions they portray as they are cursed with these tentacles for limbs just amazing to look at and think about, here are a few examples of his work...

 

 

 

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www.danhillier.com

Hybrid Exhibits-George Gessert 9/14

     I love the idea of naturally guiding biology into art form.  George Gessert has been hybridizing plants since the seventies purely for pleasure.  He never genetically modifies them but combines various plants to form hybrids (guides them into an art form) which come out beautiful.  Along with Eduardo Kac, Gessert is one of the artist that has lead this new field called bio-art.  His work has shown (to me) that nature in itself is art.  Another thing that I had found interesting in my research is that throughout Gessert's career as a bio-artist, he had complained a lot about the unfairness that galleries would only accommodate towards non-living works.  This was due to the lack of natural sun light and ruined a couple of his exhibits.  The flowers that Gessert guides are truly astounding.  

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-Natural Selection

1994-present
Dye sublimation prints with text 
selected leaves, 7 3/4 x 5 1/4 in. each leaf 
(detail) 

http://www.viewingspace.com/genetics_culture/pages_genetics_culture/gc_w02/gc_w02_gessert.htm

October 14 Assignment

Write a brief description of a Bioart project. Be be prepared to orally present the piece to the class at the October 14 meeting. Please put an image or link to the project on the blog.

Research Patrick Blanc's "Vertical Gardens" and be prepared to discuss it in class.  Information on the project can be found at  http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/01/15/vertical-gardens-by-patrick-blanc/. In your research try to go beyond these sites and find additional information or commentary on this piece.

If you have not presented yet, be prepared to present your BioPortrait to the class.

Brianna Mattson BioPortrait

Xiaohan Wang's Bioportrait


Make a litter prepare before see it... I try to stop laughing when I see it... I'm not sure if I tough the meaning of "bioportrait", but what I'm trying to do is to find some resemblence between parts of my body and other creatures. Sea anemone on my head, ears is goldfish's fins, hair is a piece of leaf,  and also nails in my eyes. Funny looking

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Emily Berlin's BioPortrait

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October 7 Meeting Location

This Wednesday (October 7) Freshman Seminar ARTS/BIOL 1905 will meet at 1:25 on the St. Paul Campus in the Cargill Building room 105.  I will go over some basic microbiology and, since we did not have time to discuss the  Bioart projects you blogged about for the September 30 class, we will discuss at these projects (there is no blog assignment this week).  We will look at Eduardo sculpture, which is located in front of Cargill, and move to the Biological Sciences Center room 659 to do some manipulation of bacteria.

The link to maps showing the Cargill Building and Biological Sciences center are: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/CargillB/CargillB-map.html and http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/BioSci/BioSci-map.html

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