Bio-Art, Sci-Art – Encounter Human Technogenesis

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:15
Location: Hörsaal 14 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Eva SLESINGEROVA, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
We are witnessing profound change of our societies: a change both mediated by and manifesting itself through the emergence of various technoscapes relating to the biotechnologies, cybernetics, new genetics, etc. These sciences and technologies have transgressed inner biospace into frontiers for technological innovation and have brought new forms of objecthood and territories of naming, governing and dealing with (Mitchell 2002). Molecular screening and modern imaging technology have become a spectacle, a source of multiple metaphors and provocative visual images (Anker and Nelkin 2003). For this paper will be crucial area of the Bio-Art – works of artists who are at the same time scientists (geneticists, biologists, etc.) or artist working with biology or biotechnologies. There are lots of BioArt laboratories and groups of artists which are intrigued by DNA, genetics, and working with live tissues around world. Visual framing of understanding of the trans/non/human body within Bio-Art also implies changes in public understanding of the brain, the body, the person and the society he or she lives in. BioArt and SciArt are not only imagination of the human body at the aesthetical level, but through their works artists stimulate the audience to face some existential questions. Some of the questions are disturbing; it is difficult or impossible to reach simple answers about the fact of human embodiment, the borderlines of humanity, or the in/separability the self, mind, soul and body. Taking advantage of critical social and visual theory (Hayles, Foucault, Flusser), this paper examines the narrative concerning the production of knowledge within interpretation of various imaginations of DNA, genom, embryos, and cultural production of transhuman taxonomies and classifications as well.