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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Image by Maedeh Asgharpour, 2020; from https://labs.utdallas.edu/labsynthe/projects/
This week we were lucky enough to have Xtine Burrough, media artist, author, and UT Dallas Associate Professor, join our class discussion and speak to us about her work. During the online portion of class, Xtine explained her book, Art as Social Practice, and the inspiration behind it.
I really enjoyed this presentation because I completed my midterm on the importance of nonverbal communication, and this guest speaker event was right on track with that. I was taken right off the bat by the EEG diagrams that represented the sides of people's brains when they are non verbally communicating with one another. These brainwave drawings represent what I think is our innate nonverbal communication.
I really enjoyed the book presentation by xtine burrough and learning about art as a catalyst for social change. When she talked about the emerging technologies that different artists used when collaborating for this project, my favorite one to hear about was the seed. I personally find the seed to be such a fascinating thing. It is tiny, and with a little care and nourishment it can grow into something so powerful and fruitful.
With all honesty, I must say that planning on what to write for this week’s blog took me a while… just like coming up with a short poem during the in-class exercise with Xtine Burrough to only say it in one breath. First thing my group thought about is creating a haiku. Easy 3 lines. 5 7 5 syllabi lines respectively. Easy enough to be read in one breath. But, I am not a poet. Haiku writers compose their haikus and focus on expressing “emotionally suggestive moment of insight into natural phenomena,” since the 17th century.
For my third event, I decided to attend the Nina Sobell Zoom event in which she discussed and showcased her revolutionary work. Her art focuses on web-based performances that create intimate connections. Honestly, attending this event I had never heard the name Nina Sobell before, but now I will forever remember it! She used EEG scanning methods to capture visual pictures of two people connecting non-verbally.
For this week’s class, we had the opportunity to listen to Xtine Burrough’s presentation about her work and collaborations on her work ‘Art As Social Practice: Technologies for Change’. In many of the social psychology classes that I’ve taken, there have been many discussions about the ways in which our social practices are formed. It wasn’t up until this class that I had the opportunity to explore this subject from the art perspective and what that would mean for our society.
Deforestation in a dense forest. Source: https://wwf.panda.org/discover/our_focus/forests_practice/deforestation_fronts_/