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.
October 2009 Archives
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.
- 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
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.
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.
Anne Brodie & Simon Park Audio Interview about bioluminescent bacteria and art.
Link to article about microbial art by Simon Park.
Alexander Fleming's paintings.
Peta Clancy's Visible Human Bodies.
JoWonder's Sixty Days Goodbye Poems of Ophelia.
JoWonder's video of 6 Days Goodbye Poems of Ophelia.
Video about Marta de Menezes' DECON.
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.
This picture is from an Italian Garden (known for their perfection.)
This is part of the garden at Sissinghurst Castle, which was actually created in the 1930s but based off of classic English gardens.
Some 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
"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.
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.
I believe this photo shows Marta's brain while drawing.
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.
A link to more photos:
Last week link:
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...
Dye sublimation prints with text
selected leaves, 7 3/4 x 5 1/4 in. each leaf
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.
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
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