BioTech + Art-BioTechnology
:Described as an artists using or working with cells directly or having a collaboration with scientists.
|Courtesy of University of Missouri. Photograph: Rex Features|
|Courtesy of YouTube: Leoapp1223|
These animals have been genetically modified with the jelly fish genes that allow them to have glowing properties (genes). The Rabbit, which was discussed in the lecture is called GFP Bunny, who was inserted with a florescent gene while the bunny was a fertilized cell and it led to the "glowing bunny" seen above.
Osamu Shimomura,who won the Nobel Prize, "is the first person to isolate and characterize green fluorescent protein (GFP), from jelly fish" (Part 1, Week 6 Lecture).
Although this is a huge scientific achievement it is very disturbing and crew to these animals. Genetic modification should not be practice as an art for or for fun--especially on animals. They should be treated just like humans and they shouldn't be projects for scientists or artists to test on.
This film, Gattaca, is an example of genetic modification and what can happen in a modern day society. People could have the ability to choose how smart they are, what they should look like, and how to control people...it is a scary concept to think about but if scientists continue to mess with genetic modification and engineering something like this could possibly happen.
Genetic modification isn't all bad and harmful...many artists are transitioning out of the studio and into laboratories to work with living cells. Many artists are looking and working with tissues to create contemporary and beautiful art work. Here is an article that goes into more detail about Biotech Art: http://www.artnews.com/2013/03/18/biotechnology-as-art-form/
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