Week 1

Week 1: Inspired Bio Artists Struggle under Coronavirus Lockdown

Bio Art is the meeting point of cutting-edge biology and art. Bio Art consists of artwork stemming from manipulation of living biological material such as cells or even whole animals using biotechnological techniques. Bio Artists swap out easels and paints for living matter and tools such as genetic engineering. Many Bio Artists are inspired by the advancement of science and use their Bio Art to spark conversation on important ideas concerning ethical, philosophical, societal, and environmental considerations that emerge from these new scientific developments (Yetisen et al.).

Painting with DNA

During week 1, I attended Linda Weintraub’s lecture about eco-materialism and also got to participate in her workshops based on her book What’s Next? Eco-Materialism and Contemporary Art. Weintraub talks about how disconnected humans are with nature and how this disconnect is causing the divide that is affecting both the human race and nature in negative ways.

Week 1: Art as a Bridge Between Society and Nature

Last week I attended artist and author Linda Weintraub’s keynote lecture about eco-materialism and some of her workshops which demonstrate concepts from her new book What’s Next? Eco-Materialism and Contemporary Art. Weintraub proposes a new movement in art that involves interacting with materials and mediums in new ways. Human society nowadays is disconnected from nature, and Weintraub argues that this disconnect causes the divide is detrimental to our relation to nature.

Week 1: Eco Materialism Workshops

Last week, I attended Understanding Arts Based Research: Workshops: Work Out/ Tune-Up/ Turn On, hosted by the UCLA Art Sci Center and the department of Design Media Arts in Experimental Digital Arts in the Broad Arts Center. These series of workshop were curated by Linda Weintraub and based on chapters in her book titled “What’s Next? – Eco Materialism and Contemporary Art”.

Week 1: Cooking, Disease, and Human Evolution

            In trying to describe the events I attended last Friday, somehow the word “workshops” seems to fall short of properly explaining the experience. Possibly because it implies that someone interprets or demonstrates some topic for others, usually with hands-on activities. This is essentially what happened on Friday, but the discussion felt more like that of a sermon. It was an exchange of personal ideals.

Week 1: Biotech, Art, and Cancer

Despite the differing individual topics, the workshops seemed to share a common theme of transformation of the human body into a machine; underlying this idea is a desire to reassert the utility of the body, something that is often overlooked especially as technologies improve and take over more of the functions in our lives. Whether through converting our own carbon dioxide to inflate tubes or using the microbiomes we harbor on our hands to ferment, Weintraub’s workshops proved that our bodies could function similar to machines in accomplishing work.

Week 1: Soil as Art

Ever since I was a child I have always been interested in plants and gardens. My grandparents had 5 acres of land up in Northern California where I grew up. They planted tons of fruit and nut trees and had a garden every year. I loved going over and seeing how big the tomato plants had got. It gave me so much joy I eventually decided to grow my own garden.

Eco Materialism Workshops

Last Thursday, I attended the symposium, where Linda Weintraub discussed her new book What’s Next? Eco Materialism & Contemporary Art. I had never heard of this subject before, and so it was very interesting for me to learn about it and see Ms. Weintraub’s comments and opinions regarding this subject. She discussed her story with the land she had bought in uptown New York and how that influenced her so much. She explained how the land was “so beautiful” and then thought about how she could contribute back to the land.

Week 1: Art and Nature Collide

Wenda Gu's workshop really stood out to me because he uses natural mediums to create his work. Not only does he create beautiful pieces of art but he also makes intelligent statements about life. He has created art using human hair, menstrual blood, tea leaves, algae paint and more. It was fascinating to hear him speak about his work and how it has been the subject of controversy many times. I found it particularly interesting to hear him describe how his art fades and is temporary because the materials he works with eventually succumb to degradation as part of the natural life cycle.

Week 1: Work Out/ Tune-Up/ Turn On Workshops

Last week, the class and I participated in a series of workshops that were centered around the book What's Next? Eco-materialism and Contemporary Art by Linda Weintraub. Each workshop was based on a chapter from Linda Weintraub's book. Here, I will go over each workshop and the different type of activities we did.

Workshop 1: Secretions

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