WPS1 ART RADIO presents the new "Bio Blurb Show" hosted by Suzanne Anker.
WPS1 ART RADIO presents a daily, 24-hour web stream of music, talk and historic spoken word programs focusing on contemporary art, music and literature from aound the world.
The subject of the Bio-Blurb Show centers around aspects of the growing trend between art and science, and most particularly the biological and genetic sciences. Hosted by Suzanne Anker, the show features a roundtable discussion of the social issues that are affected by genetic engineering, forensics, new reproductive technologies, the patenting of life forms and related "Art-Sci" subjects. http://www.wps1.org/include/shows/bio_blurb.html
Suzanne Anker is a visual artist and theorist working with genetic imagery. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally in museums and galleries including the Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian Institute, the Phillips Collection, P.S.1 Museum, the JP Getty Museum, the Stadkunst in Koln, and the Museum of Modern Art in Japan. Her book The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age [see below], co-authored with the late Dorothy Nelkin, was published in 2004 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. [Suzanne is an ASCI member.]
The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age
Suzanne Anker/Dorothy Nelkin. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (2004) Available on Amazon.com (see "read more")
From designer babies to elixirs of immortality, headlines remind us almost every day that this age of genetic tech-nology brings fascination, fear, and financial opportunity in equal measure. Yet the gene is no longer simply a vehicle of biological information: the double helix of DNA, the blue-print of life, is one of the world’s most widely recognized graphic icons. As science learns to alter and control what DNA does, the icon itself and the power and possibilities of gene manipulation have become an increasingly rich source of imagery and ideas for visual artists.
In the first in-depth exploration of this new genre in art-making, the book The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age, noted artist and art historian Suzanne Anker (School of Visual Arts, New York) and the late Dorothy Nelkin (New York University’s distinguished sociologist of science), discuss the assimilation of gene science into visual culture.
They focus on five distinct themes. The human body has been reduced to a molecular text that can be represented as symbols or spots on a laboratory dish. The meaning of mutation has enlarged and changed in a society that is both fascinated and repelled by the grotesque. The notion of species boundaries has been blurred by the splicing of human genes into animals or fish genes into plants. Assisted reproduction, cloning, embryo transfer, and other technologies are tools in the search for perfection - perfect people, perfect lives - but create dilemmas when the outcome is unsatisfactory. And nature itself has become a commodity as living things are transformed into marketable materials.
These themes are pictured by images from historic and contemporary painting, sculpture, and photography, featuring the work of over 60 artists, including Matthew Barney, the Chapman brothers, Tony Cragg, Frido Kahlo, Gerhard Lang, Paul McCarthy, Frank Moore, Marc Quinn, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Joel-Peter Witkin.
The Molecular Gaze is a thought–provoking and visually fascinating book for everyone intrigued by the anxiety and exhilaration of the genetic age.
About the Authors
Suzanne Anker is Chair of the Art History Department, School of Visual Arts (NYC). Anker’s current work deals with genetic iconography. She is host of the Bio Blurb Show on www.wps1.org. Her website can be found at www.geneculture.org.
Dorothy Nelkin (1933-2003), was a University Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, New York University. Her groundbreaking research examined the interplay between science, technology, and society, and how science is perceived by the public.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press: www.cshlpress.com
On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0879696974/qid=1095953822/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/104-2188468-1924754?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
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