Science journalist Emily Anthes talks about how scientists are engineering mice with tumors and working to create pigs that can grow organs for human transplant and insects that could serve as drones for the military.
""It puts animal welfare and human welfare in conflict," says Anthes. "Most thinking, feeling humans, I think, would say that they don't want animals to suffer, but a lot of us — the majority of Americans — surveys show, also accept some sort of animal research and experimentation. ... Most people, for instance, would say that they're willing to see some mice engineered to get cancer if it cures human cancer, but they're less willing to see mice suffer if we're just looking for a cure for baldness. It's really something we have to tackle on a case-by-case basis based on what the potential benefits for humans are versus the cost to the animals themselves."
Amanda McDonald Crowley's insight:
Very interesting read in relation to Beatriz da Costa's artwork, Dying for the Other.
Art and Science - Hybrid Art and Interdisciplinary Research
An international conference “Art & Science – Hybrid Art and Interdisciplinary Research” and related exhibition takes place in 2014, organized by the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA) and the Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA). The main goal is to nurture synergetic cooperation of art and science and to present a multiplicity of practices in different research fields by doctoral students, internationally renowned researchers and practitioners, and the emerging ideas regarding convergence and confluence of different disciplines.
Last year's Society of Biology photography competition winner discusses visual art, science and entries to the 2012 competition entitled How Biology Can Save the World (A personal thought on photography, art, biology and science
A bioart workshop with Lucas Czjzek from the Bioart Club pavillon_35 (Vienna, Austria).
Yeastograms are alive images out of yeast cells and produced in a photography like process. The yeastogram method has been developed by artists and scientists of pavillon_35. Lucas Czjzek, one of the developers, used this method for his work ANIMA . During the 3 days workshop Lucas Czjzek from the bioart club pavillon_35 is showing a method to cultivate baker’s yeast and how to shape the cultivation according to aesthetic and artistic decisions. The workshop explores the utilization of living organisms in artistic formation and expression using amateur-biological techniques.
Un/Natural Occurrences September 8 – October 27, 2013
The newly named Haber Space, our gallery for art and science exhibitions, will open withUn/Natural Occurrences, also curated by CENTRAL BOOKING’s founder, Maddy Rosenberg, and featuring the work of 25 artists and collaborators. These are artists who are searching for more than the obvious in either bringing to light past and current indiscretions, warning against a catastrophic future if unheeded, working with the scientific community on possible solutions and sometimes just telling it like it is. We view this exhibition as a bookend to Natural Histories, which launched CENTRAL BOOKING’s initial space in 2009.
Linkages between art and science are proliferating, and fast, but to what end? Whether it is a formal collaboration between artists and scientists, a call for artists in residence at scientific institutions, or a simple ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ to present a gallery of research images as ‘art’, there is something in air. Some of this work is truly brilliant, some is genuinely good, and some is well intentioned, but some may well be detrimental to both art and science.
So, what exactly is the point of this art and science movement? For those of us who are involved in this area, and generally see collaborations between artists and scientists as a good thing, what exactly do we hope for from this brave new world? Here I present what I view to be the most compelling reasons for collaborations between artists and scientists and my vision for where I hope things might go.
Field_Notes – Deep Time is a week long art&science field laboratory organized by the Finnish Society of Bioart at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland/Finland. Five working groups, hosted by Oron Catts, Antero Kare, Leena Valkeapaa, Tere Vaden, Elisabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse, together with a team of five, will develop, test and evaluate specific interdisciplinary approaches in relation to the Deep Time theme.
Field_Notes – Deep Time is in search of artistic and scientific responses to the dichotomy between human time-perception and comprehension, and the time of biological, environmental, and geological processes in which we are embedded. The local sub-Arctic nature, ecology, and geology, as well as the scientific environment and infrastructure of the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station will act as a catalyst for the work carried out.
Dates and places:
15th – 22nd September 2013 field laboratory at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station
23rd, 24th of September 2013 conference in Helsinki
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