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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.

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

Stomach Sculpture-Sammy Dunne

Stelarc, an Australian performance artist participated in a "site-specific" theme for one of this pieces. The particular piece Stomach Sculpture was done using his own body as the site. He wanted technology to become a part of his body, and function with the body as opposed to . prosthetically. For this project, he inserted a 40 centimeter sculpture into his stomach cavity, not for any other purpose than aesthetic adornment. 

http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/bioart/index.php?page=8
http://www.stelarc.va.com.au/stomach/stomach.html

Assignments for September 30 Class

The assignments for the September 30 Class are:

1. Write a brief description of a Bioart project. Be be prepared to orally present the piece to the class at the Sept. 30 meeting. Please put an image of or link to the project on the blog.

2. Be prepared to discuss "Exploring the Invisible" by Anne Brodie and Simon Park.  Be prepared to discuss this from the prospective of how the piece works and as a piece of art.  Note: there is no written assignment.  Information on the project can be found at  http://annebrodie.co.uk/bioluminescent-project/ and http://bioproject.tumblr.com/  In your research try to go beyond these sites and find additional information or commentary on this piece.

3. Be prepared to present your BioPortrait to the class.  If possible load an image on the blog.


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