1) Post your definition of BioArt.
- BioArt is a unique combination of biology and art. The BioArt pieces are often left to viewer interpretation and can be displayed in different ways. BioArt can be shown through nature's beauty, artists/biologist experimenting with organisms, relationships between plants and animals and much more.
· How has your definition changed over the semester?
- At the beginning of the semester I did not know how to define BioArt. When I was looking through the freshmen seminars for fall semester and saw BioArt it sounded interesting but I did not know what it was going to be about. So I emailed the professors to ask them what the course was about and they sent me links to BioArt pieces. Whenever I told someone my schedule for the semester they would always asked me "What is BioArt." I did not know how to give them a good definition of what the course was or what BioArt really was. I would resort to telling them that it is biology displayed as art and would tell them about the pieces of BioArt that the professor's sent me.
2) Reflect upon your experience of the BioArt exhibition and the particular elements that you developed for the exhibition?
-The BioArt exhibition was interesting. It was nice to see our BioArt pieces displayed. All the groups did an amazing job coming up with unique ideas and displaying their ideas in a creative ways. I liked how we (the bioluminescent group) was able to work with E. coli and display it in a different way then what some people might associate E. coli with. I though the food group did an awesome job creating the world out of crackers and blue frosting. Also I liked the grain spelling out please take one- went along with the food theme really well! The sensory group also did a fantastic job. The clay dissolving in water was really eye catching and had so many different meanings behind it. Also the different scents on the cloth gave the visitors a chance to interact with the BioArt work and become part of the piece. Visitor interaction with the BioArt work was a big part of all the BioArt pieces.
· If you were a visitor the exhibition and did not know what to expect, how would you interpret your experience?
- I would say that it was an event that I have never experienced before. Not many people would find E.coli attracting or even consider using it was a display. Also at many other exhibitions you don't have a chance to interact with the work so this exhibition was a nice change that allowed viewers to get a better sence of the BioArt pieces displayed.
· What changes would you make so that each of the projects and the exhibition as a whole convey your artistic intent as fully as possible?
- Something I would change would have been adding what we thought our pieces meant/ what we were trying to portray. I like the idea that the piece were left up to interpretation but I think it would have been nice for the audience to know what they are looking at and what the artist/biologist meant with their display.