This course studies how bioart blurs distinctions between science and art through the combination of artistic and scientific processes, creating wide public debate. It explores the history of biotechnology as well as social implications of this science.
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Extra Credit: Thinking Atoms

The discussion between physicists James Gimzewski and Franz J. Giessibl centered around how we think about and ‘see’ atoms. To begin, I thought Franz’s anecdote about how he got into the field to be amusing. He was given the options of researching 1. Metro gravity waves, 2. Reading a DNA sequence with a scanning tunneling microscope, and 3. Improve atomic force microscopy to get atomic resolution, which he chose since it was the easiest to him.

Week 9 Mindmap

For my mindmap, I focused on 6 key concepts we learned in class: Graphene, Yeast, Plastic, Hox Gene, Particles (Space), and Brainwaves! For each section, I drew illustrations connecting to the concept. For Graphene, I drew hexagons, cyclohexanes of carbon that form the basis of life, and Graphene/Graphite. I purposefully didn’t use colored pencils here to illustrate the unique relationship between pencil and graphite. In my mycelium drawing, I tried to emphasize the intensive networks.


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