Visual Art at the Generation Seminar
A reminder that on Tuesday 28 October the first of this year's
Wellcome-funded 'From Generation to Reproduction' seminars will feature
Suzanne Anker (School of Visual Arts, New York)
Picture perfect: from golden rules to golden boys.
Suzanne is one of the world's leading visual artists and theorists
working at the intersections of art and the biological sciences. She
has been a guest curator at the New York Academy of Sciences and is
the author of many texts on the implications of the bio-technological
revolution for culture and society, including (with Dorothy Nelkin)
The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age (2004). She currently
teaches art history, theory and studio practice at the School of
Visual Arts in New York City, where she is Chair of the Fine Arts
Department. She hosts the Bio-Blurb Show on WPS1Art Radio in
conjunction with M.o.M.A. <http://www.wps1.org>. For examples of
Suzanne's work see <http://www.geneculture.org>.
Artist Statement: From conception taking place in test-tubes, to
nuclear transfers in petri dishes, to embryos that have been
cryogenically stored like so much frozen food – high-tech ways and
means are expanding far beyond the old carnal way of making babies.
When posed with the classic quandary, where do babies come from, will
the mythology of life’s creation soon also include glassware and the
bio-lab? Has the bundle-carrying stork been exiled from fairy-tales?
And with the bio-printing of replacement organs and tissues on the
research horizon, at what cost is this further quest for immortality?
My work explores current concerns generated by experimental
The presentation starts at 5.00 in Seminar Room 1, Department of HPS,
Free School Lane, Cambridge, with tea and biscuits available from
4.40. The session runs till 6.30, when we will go to the pub. All
For this term's full History of Medicine seminar programme: <http://
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