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25sg residency

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Currently at a residency at 25sg, first two days has been getting to know the space and sorting out materials. Have photos, but yet to upload them.

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Written by Brian

April 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm

BioBricks

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Spearheaded by Drew Endy, the biobrick foundation has set up a repository of biobricks. These biobricks (http://bbf.openwetware.org/) are short pieces of  DNA that have defined characteristics, or behaviours(such as acting like a switch, or an indicator or a computation).

This work comes out of the synthetic biology field, where people such as Craig Venter are creating organisms from scratch. So rather than trying to decipher all of the complexity that is in current organisms a bottom up approach is used. Basically, the biobrick people are thinking about DNA as sort of circuit, with the DNA sequences, analogs of components such resisters and actuators and switches.

 What is exciting is that the sharing of biobricks enables others to build on what has been before, that like a computer is made of various integrated circuit chips, assemblies of biobrick components might be used in the same way.   

To support this innovation, the international undergraduate synthetic biology competion iGEM(International Genetically Engineered Machine) was started (http://2009.igem.org/About). This year there are 200 teams competing from around the world.

Ok so I have talked a bit about iGem and biobricks, where does the art come in. In much the same way that artists have already embraced computing, and other technologies, I believe that SynBio may be a new fertile place for artist to make both frivolous and critical art. Artists like TC&A and Andy Gracie are already using quite complicated processes to grow or feed their art. Can this be where the semi-living breaks free of the apparatus and life support system?

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May 22, 2009 at 11:51 am

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Bioart and Citizen Science events in New York at NYU and EXITart

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Natalie Jeremijenko
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Hi, there are a few interesting things happening in NY in the realms of open source biology/citizen science and biological art.

I would love to see these but am in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the sunny UK. If anyone get the chance to go, can they write some notes on it?

At exit art: http://www.exitart.org/site/pub/exhibition_programs/corpus_extremus/index.html is Corpus Extremus (LIFE+)

February 28 – April 18, 2009

Corpus Extremus (LIFE+), the second exhibition of Exit Art’s Curatorial Incubator Program, will present work by artists who are using bio- and media- technologies to investigate questions of life and death. Representative of a relatively new international trend, these artists are uniting science and art to challenge conventional understanding of both fields.

Prior to the eighteenth century, art and science were not separated as distinct disciplines, and were often joined.Thus a hybrid bio-art discipline is nothing radically new. Yet, the work in Corpus Extremus (LIFE+) represents a revolution in interdisciplinary research and practices and offers a critical evaluation of science and technology through art. This direct involvement of artists in scientific research and lab practices aims to demystify science through a cross-disciplinary approach; to provoke discussion about art and science as creative stimuli to each other; and to pose ethical questions to society.

The artworks in this exhibition deal with the transformation of our notions of life and death due to the implementation of biotechnological advances in everyday life. Recent innovations in science and technology are causing us to confront and challenge our conventional understanding of the body. Trying to reveal “the secret of life,” and to retain health, we are finding new ways to create living transplants and sustain life outside of the body. This possibility gives ground for the design of new organisms – hybrids, cyborgs and extended human bodies – that might be a new stage in an evolution with a questionable future.

New York University
http://blogs.nyu.edu/blogs/md1445/rf/ Thursday, March 5, 2009 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Radars & Fences II features five researchers and artists who have been at the forefront of the battle for the democratization of the life
sciences over the last decade: Beatriz da Costa, Natalie Jeremijenko, Richard Pell, Claire Pentecost, and Paul Vanouse will present their
own work and discuss with the public models of interdisciplinary engagement at the beginning of the “biological century.”

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Written by Brian

March 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm

A nomenclature of biology and art

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by Pier Luigi Capucci

by Pier Luigi Capucci

I came accross this illustration of a nomenclature for BioArt and am interested in applying it to the biological art I see. Some art works seem to connect the carbon and no carbon relms, for instance Andy Gracies pH1 autoinducer. It also points the way to a much longer history of bioart, if we include Land Art

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Written by Brian

February 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm

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What is Bioart Forum?

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Bioart is such a disparate field of enquiry with a number of differing organisations and individuals.

Bioart needs a home or at least a place where the threads can be combined, a database of people active in the field and discussions on how to exhibit.

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July 5, 2008 at 11:03 am

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