My first impression was that biotechnology in relation to art is captivating and full of so many possibilities. It is really neat that something as minuscule as bubbles of ascorbic acid can be so beautiful. It makes you wonder the potential the intersection of other disciplines have.
When I saw Diana Gromala’s work on VR goggles relieving feelings of pain I was immediately reminded of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror San Junipero episode. In this particular episode, terminally ill patients escape a lonely and dull reality by technology that transports the patient’s mind/body/soul to a beach get away “party” town where time is reversed and they are back in their prime ages, free of ailment and responsibilities. I am fascinated with the idea of technology (virtual reality or augmented reality) being used to alleviate psychological ailment. Not only is this technology intriguing, it also holds great promise.
Two scenes in the San Junipero episode. On the left is the technology that allows the patient to be transported to the vivid scene on the right.
One of my first encounters of biotechnology and art outside of this class was actually reading about Björk’s Reddit Ask-Me-Anything (AMA). She had mentioned how in the song "Atom Dance" she was trying to “tap into the atoms rotating and the celebrational element of Sufi or Icelandic or northern equivalent of it: vikivaki” by using a 5/4 petagonic meter in the song. I was completely baffled how meters that mimic human bipedal movement (4/4 or 5/4 meters) can be used in something as artistic as songs.
I am very impressed and look forward to seeing how biotechnology and art will grow together in the future. There are so many applications of biotechnology/biology from songs to virtual reality cures. I cannot find any other word than fascinating to express my attraction.
BjorkOfficial. “[AMA] I’m singer and songwriter Bjork, and I’m here to answer all your questions!” Reddit. https://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/518ws9/ama_im_singer_and_songwriter_bjork_and_im_here_to/
Björk Digital | LA Phil. http://www.laphil.com/tickets/bjork-digital-overview. 16 April 2017.
Gromala, D., Shaw, C., Song, M. “Chronic Pain and the Modulation of Self in Immersive Virtual Reality” Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium (FS-09-01). http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/FSS/FSS09/paper/viewFile/953/1287
“San Junipero.” Black Mirror. Writ. Charlie Brooker. Dir. Owen Harris. Netflix. 21 October. 2016. Online.