[-empyre-] Welcome to Week 2: Kathy High and Lindsay Kelley

High, Kathy highk at rpi.edu
Sun Feb 19 12:41:11 AEDT 2017


What do people think about the ways that BIOART can INTERRUPT the current
US government administration? Ha!
I dare you to interpret tactical methodologies using BIOART that can
derail this presidency and its mandates.
WE have the tools to help promote the ideas of current scientific findings
- such as climate change for example - and can point to ways to
reconfigure ethics debates! Ha!
I welcome ideas and I challenge you (including you international lurkers!)
to help us think through how to present ruptures into the current fabric
of events. We need your help! We need your bio-imaginaries!
Please send ideas! Ideas in a bottle via the sea route is too slow- send
them NOW! SOS! SOS! Calling all bioartists to assist here! You have the
power to affect change!

In desperation, signing off reluctantly,

On 18/02/2017, 9:39 AM, "empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
behalf of High, Kathy" <empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
behalf of highk at rpi.edu> wrote:

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>Hi all,
>I will say that this idea of humour and irony is much about absurdity for
>me. And perhaps this absurdity and ridiculousness touches on many bio-art
>works as well. 
>I have been thinking about what you are referencing, Lindsay - and it
>makes me think of others as well:
>Heather Dewey Hamborg¹s ³Stranger Visions²
>http://deweyhagborg.com/projects/stranger-visions and the absurd act of
>picking up abandoned gum, cigarette butts and such from the streets of
>Brooklyn for DNA sampling;
>Adam Zaretsky and Julia Reodika¹s "Workhorse Zoo"
>http://emutagen.com/wrkhzoo.html creating a multi-creature work space that
>equalises all model organisms;
>My own ³Blood Wars² http://vampirestudygroup.com/bloodwars/about/ that
>³pits² people¹s white blood cells against each other;
>Critical Art Ensemble deploying Human Guinea Pigs to test the use of
>biological agents in ³Target Deception² http://critical-art.net/?p=32  ;
>Tissue Culture and Art¹s ³Victimless Leather² (Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr)
>and the creation of biobodies http://www.tca.uwa.edu.au/vl/vl.html  ;
>Art orienté objet¹s ³May the Horse Live in me³
>http://www.clotmag.com/art-oriente-objet - exchange of horse blood -
>becoming horse; 
>Tarsh Bates¹ work with Candida albicans and us
>creatures-that-are-more-than-human https://tarshbates.com/  Š
>Bio-art has the potential to push boundaries - ethical, aesthetic,
>cultural - and to make the absurd speak volumes.
>Happy Saturday!
>On 16/02/2017, 11:59 PM, "empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
>behalf of Lindsay Kelley" <empyre-bounces at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au on
>behalf of l.kelley at unsw.edu.au> wrote:
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>>Dear Nina and Kathy,
>>I enjoy hearing about your inspirations‹and I am a lurker too, definitely
>>continue to lurk and be happy.
>>I¹m recalling what Byron said about humor and vulnerability. If you can
>>make someone laugh, you¹re creating affective space and all kinds of
>>complex matter might seep in. One of my favorite Critical Art Ensemble
>>works isn¹t really a ³work² like a work you¹d see in a gallery: it¹s a
>>recipe, where they suggest that we cook and eat Eduardo Kac¹s GFP Bunny.
>>It¹s called ³Ragout Alba a la Provencal² and it¹s in the ³Betty Crocker
>>3000² appendix of Molecular Invasion. There were lots of things that were
>>light and funny (and also serious and important) about the GFP Bunny
>>project before CAE suggested eating the bunny, but eating the bunny
>>really tipped it over into that space of funny/vulnerable for me. When I
>>imagine eating the glowing rabbit (and garnishing with GFP parsley!),
>>that¹s definitely funny and at the same time I¹m vulnerable to/aware of
>>all the technologies we are knowingly and unknowingly eating at every
>>Re laughter more specifically, I have been thinking about how Linda Mary
>>Montano is secretly a bioart practitioner. She does performances designed
>>to address individual organs, and she has been manipulating her
>>perception and environment through color for decades. And she does
>>laughter workshops, sometimes designed for specific people, like
>>caregivers, and always with an attention to specific bodily systems.
>>I¹m sad to be missing all the exciting things happening at CAA. I hope
>>many of us report back to the list about these great events. Have a
>>wonderful time college art associating, and more anon,
>>empyre forum
>>empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au
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