This week I continued to work on the rough draft of my final paper and found a few images that I oculd use in the chapter. I still need to figure out how to reference the artists' work with enough description, as I was unable to find public access photos for their work. I also broke the paper into sections with headings. I would still like to rewrite the conclusion and tie in the next section of our book, on desire versus disgust. In terms of group progress, our group solidified the final layout of our book.
In my first blog I was fascinated by the connection between art and science as shown by Alba, the fluorescent bunny. I had never really considered how separate the two fields were, especially with the recent push towards interdisciplinary classes and education. Our perception of what art should be and what science should be seem to stem from what we as a collective say it should be. In week 1 we talked about how recent this distinction was. There are many examples of scientists who were artists and artists who were scientists.
While watching Spaceship Earth, there were a couple key messages that resonated with me. The first is that I have been hearing about global warming, and have been hyperconscious about that effect that humans have on the Earth, ever since middle school. The polar bears and melting ice caps have been drilled into my head, and especially now with the global pandemic and presentations on how rising temperature can affect the spread of a virus, I have been thinking about it even more frequently.
The global pandemic and the Stay at Home orders has made me think a lot about our relationship to food. Having a meal may break up the monotony of a day and/or create a designated time to spend with loved ones.
In my first blog post I wrote about the disconnect between artists and scientists, especially when it comes to genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms. This difference between worlds was especially apparent with Alba, the transgenic bunny that fluoresced green due to an insertion of the protein GFP into its genome.
As was said in lecture, it is amazing how something so microscopic -- SARS-CoV-2 (Figure 1) -- can so easily disrupt the world and what we know to be normal. It has affected the global food supply and trade networks. I would like to discuss something more relatable, perhaps: Why are yeast and flour sold out everywhere?
In 2000, Eduardo Kac created a GFP bunny named Alba. This project makes me uneasy, but I cannot place my finger on why. Yes, a green bunny isn’t natural. More than that, though, is that before hearing about Alba I had heard about GFP mice used for research purposes. While the idea had made me uneasy, I quickly grew accustomed to it. In research, GFP is used to see processes that were never seen before, such as nerve development. It allows scientists to see a gene of interest, in some cases, without having to dissect an animal and visualize the tissues under a microscope (Zou).