Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology: Shaping Our Genetic Futures will be an art-science exhibit and symposium of artists, scientists, and humanities scholars, led by the the NC State University Libraries and the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, held at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, the physical and digital display spaces of the NCSU Libraries and the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). These activities will elicit discussion about genetics in society through the lens of contemporary art and offer viewers new ways to think about their role in the genetic revolution.
By combining science and art and design, the artists, and artworks chosen for display, will contextualize genetic engineering by bringing it out of the lab and into public places; challenging viewer’s understandings about the human condition, the material of our bodies, and the consequences of biotechnology. The exhibit(s), integrated curriculum, and cross-campus dialogues will raise awareness and discussion about biotechnologies and their consequences in our society, while drawing in art practices for reaching new communities.
About the curator: Hannah Star Rogers is a curator, scholar, and poet. She received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University and Ph.D. at Cornell University on the intersection of art and science. She curated Making Science Visible: The Photography of Berenice Abbott, which received an exhibits prize from the British Society for the History of Science and resulted in an invited lecture at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. She is past Director of Research and Collaboration for Emerge: Artists and Scientists Redesign the Future 2016 and served as Guest Bioart Curator for 2017.
Spaces & Technology: The multi-site exhibition will be held simultaneously at NC State University’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design and in the physical and digital display spaces of NC State University Libraries D. H. Hill Exhibit Gallery and the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The earthwork, From Teosinte to Tomorrow, a 100 x 100-foot corn maze, will be planted at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s museum park.
Symposium: Respondents discussing individual artworks on film area available here. https://research.ncsu.edu/ges/arts-work-in-biotech/#symposium
Our project team consists of interdisciplinary scholars and artists from inside and outside NC State, including Molly Renda, Fred Gould, Todd Kuiken, Elizabeth Pitts, and Patti Mulligan.
Book available here: https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469659268/arts-work-in-the-age-of-biotechnology/
Image Credits: Maria McKinney’s series Sire
“Galleries: Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology”
Leonardo (“Just Accepted,” available online Fall 2020)
WE MAKE MONEY NOT ART
Regine Debatty, April 2020
Winter 2019-2020, Vol 33: No. 3 (pg 20-24)
What does your Genetic Future Look Like?
Issues in Science and Technology
WORKS – ART’S WORK IN THE AGE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
Alice Fleerackers, Art the Science, January 7, 2020
At the Crossroads of Art and Biotech, a Warning: Be Careful What You Wish For.
Brian Howe, Indyweek, January 2020.
Exhibition: ‘Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology: Shaping Our Genetic Futures’ Biomedia, News, CLOT Magazine, December 2019.