Bioart. ! By Professor Andy Miah ! ! http://creativefutur.es !
“For over a century, science ﬁction has gripped the attentionof audiences and readers world-wide, with some of its mostsuccessful achievements furnishing the world with utopianand dystopian narratives on the progress of science and thelimit of humanitys ability to understand its own complexityand place in the world. However, it is only in the last 40years that ideas of transhumanism and posthumanism havebeen integral to various forms of performing arts that engagewith similar subject matter. .”!!Professor Andy Miah, Director !! !
biological medium is principally a materialdevice through which to explore aestheticqualities, after which an ethicalinterpretation may or may not follow.”! Artist Francesca Steele speaker at London 2012: The First Transhuman Games? @CCA 24 Jan, 2011!
Posthuman Art! “practices that advocate the transformation of humanitys biology as transhumanist, while the scrutiny of biopolitical relationships as posthumanist, where the crucial difference is that the latter is more neutral on the merit of disrupting biological continuity via science and technology”!
Deﬁning Bioart!“One may deﬁne bioart, body art, andbiodesign as hybrid practices that havedrawn on each of these paradigms. Suchwork is often made possible by collaborativeendeavour and the utilization of mixedmedia, a modus operandi of the media artgenre to which many contributors in thisﬁeld are most closely associated”!
me artists may be seen as a somewhat satiricalque of how the media engage with science andnology, both calling to attention the inadequacy of forms of scientiﬁc journalism and the need for r debate beyond newspaper headlines and ationalized reporting”!
“some bioart may be seen as a somewhat satirical critique of how the media engage with science and technology, both calling to attention the inadequacy of some forms of scientiﬁc journalism and the need for wider debate beyond newspaper headlines and sensationalized reporting “!9/22/11
“such work is also a deﬁantcritique on society at large andmany artists ﬁnd theircontributions subject to vehementcriticisms from the popular presswho are confounded by thepropositions, labelling them assick or a waste of tax payers 9/22/11
“many artists reject the term bioart as a coherent and distinct body of artistic or performance expression” !9/22/11
“what distinguishes muchbioart is the performativefoundation of the work,notably where the artist playsa crucial role in its physicalmanifestation, either as thecanvass of the work itself oras the facilitator of criticalengagement with theartwork”!
“There is also a broader political interpretation to the work of many bioartists, which is that it forces a reconsideration of how original knowledge should be created and valued within society” !9/22/11
and biodesign ! Also scrutinize contemporary bioethical issues! and scientiﬁcpractice, such as the utilization of embryonic stem cells, or the development oftransgenic species “ !
“artists are beginning toexperiment with cuttingedge scientiﬁc applications,such as stem cells, !cosmetic surgery andbiotechnology generally –technologies that are at themargins of humanexperience and about !which there is considerablecontroversy” ! 9/22/11
“the work ofbioartists may beseen as an attemptto disrupt theknowledgeeconomy, as manysuch artists are notinterests simply intheir creativemeans drawing onthe work ofscientists” !
“artists, curators and gallery managers arepart of a new kind of ethical terrain, what maybe called public bioethics “!9/22/11
“the work of bioartistsmay be seen as anattempt to disrupt theknowledge economy” !
“bioart aligns with transhumanism insofar as such work pursuesthe disruption of biological boundaries and this encompassesexperimentation with many new scientiﬁc techniques, such as stemcell or genetic manipulation, or even the creation of new life forms”!
These quotes are taken from a book chapter by Andy Miah, due for publication in 2013.! @andymiah!
cf. ! The Creative Futures Institute !University of the West of Scotland! http://creativefutur.es !