[-empyre-] Conceptual medium, visceral materiality, aesthetic formality

William Bain willronb at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 6 19:48:44 AEDT 2017

Dear Margherita and List, 

Iwould like briefly to address Margherita’s post referring to a red thread thatconnects. I have follwed the bio-art posts with great interest, includingvisits to Semina Aeternitatis which, again briefly, I applaud. I hope to seemore of everyone’s work, frankly. But I wanted here to play the role of *recalcitrantOther* or some form of that, in wondering whether bio-art isn’t something of amisnomer. I realize or think I realize the interest bio-art as it’s beingpresented here has in biodiversity and linguistic diversity. On myinterpretation science and denotation are challenged by bio-art to be moreinclusive of conservation of ecosystems that are increasingly endangered.Bio-artistic answers are sought by going to 1) scientific labs and 2) societys sanitaryoutlets and finding there artistic materials along with technes. I have tolimit myself to these two sources I’ve named. As a neophyte in the practice andappreciation of bio-art of course my recalcitrance is more limited than I mightlike. In any case bio-art discovers materials and technes allowing at leastapparent novelty (the materials are new or newly found; artscience is claimed).This enables an at least apparent neo ethics. The interesting (at least in partnew) art form *seems* to me misnamed because art (look at its derivation, Greekharmos, isn’t it?) just is inseparable from the biotic (here art/science doindeed merge). I’m greatly looking forward to more of course. Best wishes,William 
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