Symposium: Art's Work in the Age of Biotechnology

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An interdisciplinary symposium to discuss the Art’s Work/Genetic Futures exhibition. Afternoon session at D.H. Hill Jr. Library, NC State

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The Genetic Engineering and Society (GES) Center, NC State University Libraries, and Gregg Museum of Art & Design will host a symposium to discuss the Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology: Shaping Our Genetic Futures exhibition (Art's Work/Genetic Futures). The symposium will bring together artists, humanists, and social/natural scientists, using the exhibition as a departure point for conversations about the future of biotechnology and genetics.

The symposium places art at the center of discussions about the future of biotechnology by presenting works in which artists appropriate tools and techniques of modern biotechnology that have until recently been the exclusive purview of scientists. The event will use the exhibition as a departure point for conversations about the future of biotechnology and genetics. The afternoon session will be held at NC State’s D.H. Hill Jr. Library Auditorium in the afternoon beginning at 2:00 pm.

Panel Discussions: In the afternoon, three panels of artists will convene for discussions. Please indicate which one(s) you plan to attend upon registration:

  • 2-3 pm: Biotechnology as Culture
  • 3-4 pm: Genetic Arts Intervening in the Anthropocene: Climate, Geoengineering, and Ecosystems
  • 4-5 pm: Art and Identities: From Surveillance and Privacy to Collective Identities and Personal Choices
  • Panel descriptions below

The symposium will conclude with an open conversation on how we develop richer interfaces between artists and scientists in determining our genetic futures.

For more on the artworks go to: go.ncsu.edu/artswork

Afternoon Panel Details

2—3 pm: Biotechnology as Culture

Moderator: Priscilla Wald

Panelists: Joe Davis, Jennifer Willet, Ciara Redmond, Kirsten Stolle, Maria McKinney, and Rich Pell

What is the relationship between luck and genetics? Between biotechnology and phenotypic outcomes? Between individual choices and corporate coercion? And in what ways can artists make use of the culture to make comments on biotechnology, genetics, and science more broadly? Joe Davis and Ciara Remond have both approached the concept of luck in their work, while Jennifer Willet, Rich Pell, Maria McKinney, and Kirsten Stolle have different takes on ways of using identifiable cultural markers to draw audiences into conversations about biotechnology. This panel will explore how biotechnology is culture and the ways that culture can be used to leverage new possibilities for thinking about genetic futures.

3—4 pm: Genetic Arts Intervening in the Anthropocene: Climate, Geoengineering, and Ecosystems

Moderator: Jason Delborne (Science, Policy and Society)

Panelists: Aaron Ellison, David Buckley Borden, Jon Davis, Joel Ong, Erin Kirchner, and Rachel Rusk

Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology features a number of works which investigate the way that changes on our planet are related to genetic change or biotechnological affordances. In this panel, the creators of the Novel Ecosystem Generator, Kerasynth, Terra et Venti, and the animations behind Teosinte to Tomorrow will introduce how their work grapples with global environmental change, discuss why art and design are great mediums for addressing the anthropocene, and what the future holds for art about these issues.

4—5 pm: Art and Identities: From Surveillance and Privacy to Collective Identities and Personal Choices

Moderator: Patsy Sibley (Women’s Studies)

Panelists: Charlotte Jarvis, Paul Vanouse, Adam Zaretsky, and Emeka Ikebude

Ideas about identity have swirled around developments in human genomic science since its inception. Surveillance and privacy have been investigated throughout the first generation of bioart, including cutting edge work by Paul Vanouse and Heather Dewey-Hagborg. Vanouse’s more recent work, like the America Project, exhibited in this show grapples with collective identity. Emeka Ikebude’s “Fragments” works with the opposition between individual genetic codes and microbiomes which are also largely shared with other people. Issues of diversity have been present in the work of the scientists of the human genome project and the artistic critiques of this work that followed. In other work, Adam Zaretsky asks about human genetic possibilities for the future and he will discuss how his botanical work in Errorairum relates to those inquiries about human futures. Charlotte Jarvis’ In Posse brings attention to ideas about gender and feminism. This panel will discuss the relationships art draws out between science and identities.

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