Monday, December 15, 2008

Imagining Science Exhibit

Imagining Science is an art exhibition assembled for the Edmonton Festival of Ideas, which celebrates the Centenary of the University of Alberta. It's meant to bring together a number of different perspectives on biotechnology:
Organized by Professors Tim Caulfield and Sean Caulfield, Canada Research Chairs in the fields of Health Law and Policy, and Printmaking respectively, in conjunction with Catherine Crowston at the Art Gallery of Alberta, the exhibition addresses the impact of the rapidly changing world of genetics, bio-technologies and human engineering, and the many significant breakthroughs, challenges and controversies that have arisen in the last decade with advancements made in new life science technologies: stem cell research, cloning, genetic testing. The works in the exhibition explore the complex and interrelated legal, ethical and social issues associated with advancements made in the life sciences over the past 100 years.
The exhibit, which is sponsored in part by Genome Alberta, features works by ten artists or teams of artists:There is also a related blog, Imagining Science: Genes and Art. It was apparently meant to be an active forum for discussion of the project, but so far there is only one post. It asks for discussion of the following issue:
Should genes be used as an artistic medium? What responsibility do artists and scientists have towards the new organisms that they create through genetic modification?
If you have an opinion on the topic, you should head over there a leave a comment.

There are also several upcoming public events at the Alberta Gallery of Art meant to foster discussion about biological art and bioethics.
  • December 18:
    Art for Lunch "Seeing Science: Exploring the Intersections of Art and Science" with Catherine Crowston, AGA Deputy Director/Chief Curator.
  • December 18 and January 15:
    Imagining Science Idea Exchange with a representative from the Health Law Institute, Law Centre, U of A. "The Health Law Institute provides public legal education and undertakes research on current issues in health law. The institute was intimately involved in the Imagining Science project from the start."
  • January 15:
    Imagining Science Artists Forum. "Edmonton artists who were part of Imagining Science reflect on some of the ideas and trends presented in the exhibition."
  • January 22:
    Imagining Science Idea Exchange with Mike Spear, Director of Communications, Genome Alberta.
  • January 29:
    Imagining Science Idea Exchange with Dr. Willi Braun, Program Director, U of A, Religious Studies Program
The exhibit runs through February 1st.

(via The Filter)
Top Image: "Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue", 2008 Slide projection on Morpho Butterfly by Christine Davis
Bottom Image: Detail from "Endless Forms" Installation by Lyndal Osborne

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