This course studies how bioart blurs distinctions between science and art through the combination of artistic and scientific processes, creating wide public debate. It explores the history of biotechnology as well as social implications of this science.
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Meeting with the (anti) anti-vax group this week during class provided me with some great insight into the different facets of the anti-vax movement and how art can be used as a medium through this. We are structuring our group in chronology (past, present, and future implications of anti-vaccine movements), and my topic falls within the “present” category.
Overview of COVID-19 origin and effects on general quality of life
Began in China and rapidly spread
Few expected the new decade to begin like this.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seemingly turned the entire world upside down. Thousands are dying each day from implications tied to the virus, and tens of thousands more are infected simultaneously. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have not had direct experience with the disease anxiously quarantine ourselves at home, yearning for the day when life returns to normal. This day may be hinged on our development of herd immunity against the otherwise potent virus.
After the discussion amongst others in the same chapter for the Honors book, we decided that the Sustainability group will be organized in two main parts, which are each interconnected within a larger web. The two main parts are 1.Climate Change / Environment / Disease and 2. Biomimicry and Covid-19 .
In this blog, I have submitted an updated outline of my final topic. I still want to address the economic impacts of COVID-19 on a macro and micro level, placing emphasis on the economy as a whole, the biotech and tech industry, and the art industry. I have also decided to place less focus on virtual reality and augmented reality (while still touching on the topic) and decided to include a little bit of analysis on forecasting the future of the economy as a result of COVID-19. I have also attached some pics and just a few of the sources I plan to use.
After discussing with my group, we have determined an order that we would like to present our works in. We decided that I would be the fourth entry, in between an entry about yeast and one about the duality of medicine. This is because my work discusses both fungi and the medicinal applications of the taxonomic kingdom.
Here is a start on my final draft:
After discussing with the Xenophobia group, we decided to diverge into other groups. I recently joined the Health group and was intrigued by the discussions of perceptions of disease that seemed to tie closely with my topic as well. I hope to further expand on "rewiring" our current perceptions of disease through the use of histology as an artistic medium.
After discussing with my group, we decided to write this chapter in a chronological format, beginning with the past, present, and the future of vaccine development, resistance, and research. I will be responsible for the future aspect, which will analyze the development of vaccines in the past and compare them to the current timeline that we are in in an attempt to produce a COVID-19 vaccine.
I was assigned to the Health group, and due to the narrowness of my subject, we decided my topic would close out the section. My paper follows work on body image and art therapy, so I thought I would focus more on the positive effects that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has on transgender people’s quality of life in order to smooth the transition from piece to piece. I’m also trying to find more writing on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects HRT accessibility.
Final Paper Outline:
1. Overview of gender transition and transgender identity
I spent this weekend fleshing out my prior outline to have a clearer picture of how I will proceed with writing my final chapter. Because I am covering vaccines in the (Mis)Information group, I will place a heavy emphasis on the artists that are involved with spreading information about vaccines/antibodies, leaving the science-heavy details for just my background/introduction for context.
After being placed in the economy and technology group, there were minimal changes I had to make towards my topic. My group and I agreed I will be the second person presenting in this section. In regards to my conclusion, I am still in the process of finding information since my topic is constantly evolving based on what is published on the media on a weekly basis.
Updated Outline for Final Project: Is COVID-19 The Only Attack We’re Experiencing?
Fig. 1. ECOCO for the Arts: A Cannabis Instillation was a ten-day exhibition in Fairfax, Los Angeles that centered on the benefits on cannabis use (2018).
During Wednesday’s seminar, I was put in the technology and economy group. After discussing each of our plans for the final essay, we decided on a preliminary order for our chapters. In order to maintain a good flow between the chapters written by each team member, as well as avoid covering the same topic multiple times, we decided that Adam and I would write the last two chapters.
For years now, distrust of immunizations has grown and metastasized in modern society. With the increasing publicity afforded to conspiracies and extremist views, these previously fringe ideas more easily disseminate throughout the public sphere. Massive webs of misinformation can become widely circulated without the existence of proper infrastructure to control or limit its intersectional growth across social networks and the subsequent impact on society. For this reason, the message presented by public health officials and scientists to the public is essential.