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Comments on Final Papers

I am excited to read the book that we publish from the combination of everyone’s final papers. I can tell from reading the ideas and from the sheer magnitude of time that we have each put into researching ideas and artists that we will make something very special. Each one of us has our own take on science and biotechnology depending on our relative backgrounds but we will all be brought together by a common themes of medicine and society.

Paranoia I can get behind

This week, I chose to read the essay “Bioparanoia and the Culture of Control” which discusses humanity’s relatively recent obsession with germs and sterilization as well as the use of general paranoia as a tool of control.

A Carnivore's Confusion

I was very interested by Laura’s presentation regarding the evolution of “fake” meat. It seems that in the near future, meat may be made completely by man. I had no idea that there was such a booming industry involved in preparing meat-like vegetarian products.

Brainstorming about "Brainstorming"

I thought that our visit to Professor Mark Cohen and Professor Vesna’s art Project “Brainstorming” was incredibly interesting. The only thing that could have made it more exciting would have been if it was up and running and actually was connected to my brain. I think that this is an awesome idea for an art piece and love the way that it links the complex, little-understood science and anatomy of the brain with free “thinking,” colorful art.

An Ode to Dog

It is not surprising that the Chinese think of “dog people” (people born in the years falling on that symbol) as loyal, brave, and ordained with a sense of justice as these are all characteristics that we can see in our own closest companions at home.1

Bio-Art is more diverse than I expected

Since I began researching this topic two weeks ago, I have been amazed to discover how truly diverse the array of bio-artworks can be. After the first week of lectures I had come to the conclusion that most of the pieces within this genre of art were political or sociological. They all seemed to be made by semi-absurdist, semi-comedian type artists as a way of creating satire commenting on the nature of science, art and the mind.

My First Experience with Bioart

Hi, my name is Craig Clark and I am a third year Biochemistry major. I don’t have any experience in the biology labs which produce these eclectic works but I do research in an organic chemistry total synthesis lab here at UCLA. I would be willing to argue that the work my superiors do in the lab is a sort of bridging of art and engineering. They strive to create extremely complex, even beautiful (as my PI would say), molecules.

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