art and life manipulation

This course introduces students to issues, concepts and techniques relating to contemporary arts practices dealing with the manipulation of living forms. Emphasis is placed on developing critical thought, ethical issues and cross-disciplinary experimentation in art (art/science collaborations, art as research). Students are introduced to biological lab practices and techniques and are expected to get their hands wet.  Cultural issues such as gene patenting, ownership of living systems, issues of partial life, population diversity, new reproductive technologies, modifying bodies, nature/culture boundaries, emerging perceptions of life are researched and discussed. In particular, the ethics of living art and/or science production will be debated.

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