Monday, October 19, 2009

[Yasmin_discussions] The Arts in the Context of Darwinian Theory of Evolution Today


there is a growing number of courses on bio art that allow artists to enter
into the substance of evolutionary biology

do any yasminers teach courses specifically relating art to the ecological
sciences ?


BioArt: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences is an innovative course
that will allow for non-specialist students to engage theoretically
and practically in the biological sciences towards fostering a
critical participatory engagement with the biological sciences from a
fine art perspective. This course is a visual art and science
crossover lab intended for students from various disciplines to foster
interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections between art and
life through hands-on laboratory protocols, critical readings, and the
production of contemporary artwork.

Together we will explore the ethical debates, issues of access and
accountability, and overspecialization that arise from contemporary
biotechnologies and bioart practices. Lectures will address a range of
topics including; the biological sciences, historical crossovers
between the fine arts and the hard sciences, and contemporary artists
in the art/science field. Practical workshops will provide students
with introductory experience with mammalian tissue culture,
microscopy, DNA extraction and imaging, and genetic modification
(amongst others) with an emphasis on health and safety and proper
laboratory technique.
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