Speculative Biologies: New Directions in Art & Biotechnology

Ingeborg Reichle
Fine Arts and Media Art, Media Theory
2020S, Vorlesungen (VO), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02811

Description

Moving from the studio into the laboratory provided the fine arts in recent years with a variety of new materials like bacteria, cells, tissue cultures, or transgenic organisms as a means of artistic expression, but made it also necessary for artists to get acquainted with new epistemologies and the logic of the techno-scientific regime, which governs experimental bench work through protocols, techniques and methods, instruments and equipment, as well as a complex set of human and non-human agents and most notably with patents and the flow of global capital.

With the emergence of BioArt, biotechnology became part of the art world and provoked a wider reflection about the epistemological status of biofacts and the ethics of turning biology into technology. Whereas in the early days BioArt primarily tried to reveal the state of the art of biotechnology, current practices interrogate the limits, boundaries, frontiers, and frameworks within which life can exist. Traditional distinctions between the natural and the artificial, subject and object, human and non-human agents no longer hold when confronted with the enormous ecological challenges that exist today, provoking new narratives about speculative biology, which is becoming a major issue in art and design. The lecture series will discuss a number of current approaches of bringing art, design and speculative biology into a fruitful liaison and offer insights into the fact that the way biotechnology is perceived and utilised today is deeply rooted in current forms of capitalism and mass consumer culture. Speculating about how “life” could be in the near future is an apposite cross-disciplinary approach to collectively rethink how we want our future to be and what kind of aspirations will be possible or even probable under the auspices of turbo capitalism and mass consumerism.

Examination Modalities

This semester we are instructed to put all of our teaching online. Therefore we all have to be ready to learn online. The topics for the lecture series I presented in our first meeting in class on March 3, 2020 you find on BASE Angewandte, where I have put for you the Syllabus online, the slides I was showing in class and some literature that I find very useful. The virtual lectures that I gave on March 17 and on March 24 are both available on BASE Angewandte. 

Students are required to use concepts and themes from the reading assignments in their final exam. Each student will take a final oral exam (20 minutes) at the end of semester. This semester we will not meet in person to talk about your learning outcomes, but via ZOOM meeting. So far, we have two possible dates for the final exams, June 8 and June 9, from 9 am till 1 pm. If you are interested to take the exam at the end of this term, please contact Regina Koroschetz <regina.koroschetz@uni-ak.ac.at>, she will be the one, who will organise the examination date with and for you.

BASE Angewandte is an important source of information for the lecture series. Useful resources such as digital documents for further readings are be available there. Check also our website medientheorie.ac.at regularly for subject announcements and updates.

This semester it will be possible to sing in for this lecture series till April 15, 2020. This semester you can to join in later and catch up on the content and learning material, because all lectures will be well documented and put online on BASE Angewandte for you. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

Key Words

Medientheorie, Bioart, Biotechnologie, environmental art, interactive art, process art, media art

Dates

03 March 2020, 13:45–16:15 Seminar Room 21
17 March 2020, 13:45–16:15 Seminar Room 21 , "virtual lecture"
24 March 2020, 13:45–16:15 Seminar Room 21 , "virtual lecture"
31 March 2020, 13:45–16:15 Seminar Room 21 , "virtual lecture"
21 April 2020, 13:45–16:15 Seminar Room 21 , "virtual lecture"
28 April 2020, 13:45–16:15 Seminar Room 21 , "virtual lecture"
05 May 2020, 13:45–16:15 Seminar Room 21 , "virtual lecture"
12 May 2020, 13:45–16:15 Seminar Room 21 (guest lecture: Pinar Yoldas)
19 May 2020, 13:45–16:15 Seminar Room 21 (guest lecture: Anna Dumitriu)
26 May 2020, 13:45–16:15 Seminar Room 21 (guest lecture: Reiner Maria Matysik)
08 June 2020, 09:00–13:00 ZOOM meeting (examination)
09 June 2020, 09:00–13:00 ZOOM meeting (examination)

Course Enrolment

From 01 February 2020, 12:00 to 15 April 2020, 12:00
Via online registration
via email: ingeborg.reichle@uni-ak.ac.at

co-registration: possible

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject kkp (additional subject): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject tex (additional subject): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dae (additional subject): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dex (additional subject): Wissenschaftliche Praxis: FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations: Theoretical foundations

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (1. Section): Wissenschaftlich theoretische und historische Grundlagen: Medientheorie, Mediengeschichte

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (2. Section): Wissenschaft, Theorie und Geschichte : Medientheorie, Mediengeschichte

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (1. Section): Wissenschaftlich theoretische und historische Grundlagen: Medientheorie, Mediengeschichte

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Wissenschaft, Theorie, Geschichte: Medientheorie, Mediengeschichte

Design: Specialisation in Fashion Design (1. Section): Methodological and Theoretical Basics: Free Elective Pool Methodological and Theoretical Basics

Conservation and Restoration (2. Section): Geisteswissenschaften: Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte

Fine Arts (2. Section): Scientific and Research Practice: Media Theory,Art&Knowledge Transfer,Th. of Architecture,Th. and Hist. of Design

Fine Arts (2. Section): Scientific and Research Practice: Free Electives out of Scientific and Research Practice

Individual courses: possible