Sunday, May 8, 2016

Week 6: BioTech + Art

In this week's lecture, we learned about the interconnection between biotechnology and art, specifically through Eduardo Kac's bunny he created, which glows in the dark. The creation of new animals like this one with peculiar and uncommon traits is a direct result of the use of biotechnology for art. As the technology has evolved to allow scientists to modify genes, scientists have created unique creatures (and plants) that defy their natural characteristics.
GFP Bunny,  Eduardo Kac

A second example of this is the use of biotechnology to modify the colors of flowers. The rose shown below, like Eduardo Kac's bunny, has been modified to glow in the dark. This art form is continuing to grow at a rapid pace, but there has been some criticism directed towards the use of biotechnology. Most of the negative criticism lies within GFP and transgenic art. People are becoming upset with artists like Kac because they are using this technology and observing its reactions on animals, which originally began with jelly fish. Because of this, people believe that this art form is abusive towards animals.
Genetically modified rose

Even though biotechnological art is controversial, it is hard to argue the fascination it creates among most people. Overall, I am in full support of this type of art and I found this topic to be very interesting.

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1 comment:

  1. I like how you talked about how people are upset over this new technology because of the modifications being considered a harm to animals. It is often something people don't consider that animals can feel pain too. It is important that people and artists consider how their work will effect the animal instead of just concentrating on how they are making their piece eye opening.