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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My project thus far has focused on aspects of art therapy. In order to narrow it down, I have decided to focus solely on visual arts. I have added an additional component to my proposal which will focus on how mental health has been affected during this time and how art therapy can help it.
I am basing my final paper off of my midterm proposal (Week 4). I am currently collaborating with Berit Gilma and we are aiming to work on this text together. Since this was a bit last minute, I don't have much to show yet. But, I've made notes where I think her research could go well. Her proposal idea is there too if you want to go read!
Updated Outline: (addressed to Berit)
I have updated my outline a little bit with some new information based on a little research that I did earlier today. I unfortunately couldn't start writing the paper, as I had two essays due last night that took up all of my time. I plan to finish conducting most if not all my research Tuesday-Thursday, and I will start working on the paper little by little everyday after that.
Outline (Music and Silence)
Scientific Racism Final Paper Outline: This is an edited and expanded draft of my final project outline!
Final Paper Outline
Brief OPENING to chapter:
Description of fear of COVID-19, natural response to stock up on food
How COVID-19 has brought the issue of food waste back to light
Topic: Produce Waste and Composting
Ok here is my slightly more written out draft. I'm still haven't written the transitions, but the bulk of the research is in there. I haven't attached the images, but their links are there.
Keeping History from Repeating Itself- What Can We Learn from Previous Pandemics?
Points I am considering:
How do we perceive our environment and what does this bode for corona virus
A big part of how we perceive the world is categorization
A large component of categorization is size
What if our brain is not accustomed to the size – ie not a real size
Example universe, infinity env and one other
Example bacteria agar art, butterfly kite, glass art? Find other
How can we apply this to corona virus
What do we see in corona virus art currently
Meeting with my anti-vax group this week in class gave me further insight on how I could focus on outside factors that are inspiring fear over both vaccine development and stay at home orders. I am specifically interested in the role culture and media plays in shaping perception on the pandemic which can then translate into behaviors and action.
Final Essay Outline
Living Lotus: A Biophilic Response to Post Pandemic Architecture
Introduction: introducing the interesting concepts that are the foundation of the project, at a large scale view and then zooming down to a specific thesis
From some discussion with my xenophobia group members, I have decided to move to the misinformation group instead. I will be focusing on misinformation in terms of how it is caused, spread, and mitigated. I will also be writing about hoarding, one specific result of misinformation, and how it can be expressed as an artform.
After talking to my group, "Food," I decided to add a bit more information to my section about the herbal remedies and home remedies that have been claimed to help treat COVID-19 and relate these to the rest of my paper, tying it into the idea of duality and how the current pandemic is changing some of these views. I did more research on the new business, "Covid Organics" which has grown in popularity as their herbal remedies have been claimed to be effective.
This outline has more information/research than my previous outline as well as images.
Body Image & Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Amirah Nathani