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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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Draft of Final Paper: Influence of Climate Change on Infectious Diseases

This past week, I have started on my draft of my final paper. I have added more information about climate change and the rise in infectious disease themselves, to provide more background information. Additionally, I added sections about biodiversity and dust pollution, to deepen my argument. Currently, I am working to plan out the artistic works that I will write about. As of now, it is Beuys' Acorns and the Recycling Yantra, and I will work to relate how these art pieces relate to the climate change conversation.

Week 8: Line Self-Portrait

I really enjoyed Linda's exercise because it allowed me to reflect on things I don't normally think about. I realized I am both optimistic and skeptical. My two lines intersect several times, which symbolizes the delicate balance between both ideologies. The first line is a curvy, organic, colorful line, which represents my hope that we will be able to find a vaccine to combat the pandemic.

Week 8 Line Drawing

Probably due to the media, I seem to constantly shift between optimism and pessimism. Some days I am optimistic about the future, but other days I get pessimistic. Therefore, my drawing represents this cycle of optimism and pessimism. However, according to the questions that Linda told us to respond to, I am generally more optimistic, so my optimistic lines (in purple, since I love the color purple) are darker and more definitive, compared to my pessimistic lines, which are dotted and not as bold to indicate that in general I strive to not be a pessimistic person.

Optimism & Pessimism by Kamila Weiss

Optimism is expressed as the while line with a thin border. The white thickness embodies the strength of optimism within me and the consistent rise demonstrates my steadily progressive optimism throughout my life. Pessimism is jagged, bold, and steep. This form reiterates the drastic hole I find myself in when I have pessimistic thoughts. The intersection represents the crossing point when I decide to change my perspective or think in a different light. 

 

 

Self Portrait

My self-portrait included several diagonal lines, with one horizontal line and vertical line. The vertical line in the center with little knobs to each side shows my constant pull from both the optimist and pessimist ideals. The horizontal line serves as baseline that either supports my mostly optimistic thoughts above or covers the pessimistic thoughts below. The branching downward lines from the center in the lower right quadrant highlight all the possible pessimist outcomes from the center point, which is neither optimist nor pessimist, bisecting the baseline.

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