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I am happy with how the final exhibition turned out. It came together after one. The setup looked awesome. I was very happy with my piece. The effects of the disintegrating clay were better than I could have imagined. I'm a little disappointed that the mold project didn't have success. Overall, I think the whole class really pulled together to produce a great final product.
1)To me, BioArt is the fusion of Biology and Art. To be more specific I would say that anything that uses art to show Biology or Biology to show Art can be considered "BioArt." To someone who is new to this concept I would tell them that seeing biology or representing it through art would be considered BioArt, and the other way around, if you were to see art in Biology, for example bioluminescent bacteria, that too would fit the category of BioArt. My definition of BioArt surprisingly stayed about the same throughout the semester. At the beginning of the semester I believe I said it was seeing art through biology or seeing biology through art.
2) The BioArt exhibition was a great way for us to show what we really though BioArt was. I very much enjoyed brainstorming many different and some crazy ideas. Although some were not realistic it was still interesting to think about them and the fact that someone out there may in fact attempt it at some point. Myself and Feifei were partners in creating the "scent/color" association within the sensory group. We draped fabric (we used shirts from Michaels and cut them up/sewed them) over circular metal rings and left a small opening in the fabric. We made 8 such contraptions and hung them at "face height" in 2 rows, 4 in each row, lined up next to each other. We then proceeded to put particular scents that would usually be associated with their certain colors onto the fabric of one row of the hanging fabrics. We then mixed up the scents on the other row of the same colors. The intention of this piece was to get people thinking what we perceive to be "norms" and what our minds lead us to believe. From the piece I would hope that people get the idea that our bodies are complex pieces of art themselves and we should be aware that what we perceive to be "normal" isn't always the case. We must examine things not only with our obvious senses but with our minds as well.
I very much liked every other project I saw at the exhibition done by the other groups and those within my group. I loved the way the bioluminescent group presented their art, it was beautiful and playful, great! I also loved the food group's edible world, one can think so many things from that one piece of art, that was one of my favorites. Overall, I think that the BioArt exhibition was as huge success in terms of the class portraying what BioArt is. However I would have liked to see more people at the show.
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.
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.
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 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.