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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Line Self-Portrait

I drew my line self-portrait the way I did because I wanted to represent the mix of pessimistic and optimistic feelings that I have. The pessimistic line is darker and straighter, while the optimistic line is wavy, dashed and faded, and to me this represents how negativity can cloud over me for longer periods of time than positivity.

Optimist or Pessimist

Hi everyone! This is my line drawing.

The line going from the bottom left to the top right is the optimist or "hopeful" line. I included color and thickness to show that I relate more to this line. It is also longer because I see optimism impacting us more in a positive direction compared to being hopeless. The pessimist line is skinnier and shaded red because it depicts anger and outrage.

Week 8: Self-Portrait


I drew two intersecting lines: one shorter, thicker line (with positive slope) to represent my optimist views and one longer, thinner line (with negative slope) for my pessimist side. The optimist line signifies a strong sense of hope that demonstrates our determination to overcome contemporary hardships, and the pessimist line depicts a greater (but very doable) set of obstacles that are to be resolved.


Extra Credit 2: Developing Therapies for COVID-19: Understanding the Mechanisms of Attack to Inform Treatment

After searching for an online recorded discussion related to coronavirus, I was drawn to a YouTube video posted by University of California Television (UCTV) just this past week on May 11, 2020.  In this lecture, UCSF scientists explain their recent research published April 30th, 2020 into how how the SARS-2-CoV-2 virus hijacks our human cells by studying the protein interactions.  From this information, the collaborative group of scientists and others across multiple countries has identified a number of clinical drugs and compounds that could potentially be su

Music, Perception, and Performance

As we experience the reality of quarantine day by day, our collective thoughts and ideas are shifting and changing. There seems to exist a dichotomy between dealing with spatial limitations by the confinements of our homes and the infinite opportunities of communication through our devices. Although most of our experiences have been converted to a remote setting, we need to be able to maintain connections with people.

Reflecting for the Future

Entering this quarter, I expected this class to be much more linear than what we have done. Maybe a blog here or there about Biology, technology, and art, with a bit of overlap here and there. Yet the topics we have discussed not only surprised but impressed me. I find myself drawing connections between ideologies that I never knew had any connection between each other.


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