My First Impressions

My initial thoughts about material of this class are definitely those colorful and detailed microscopic images that I browsed on Scientific American or some science blogs, or maybe some caricature on scientists doing bizarre arts.

Advancement of microscopic technique that allows visualization of fluorescent neuronal labeling. Is this a form of artistic representation of biotechnology? 

Merely hearing the combination the two supposedly unrelated (or even opposite) fields got me into thinking, is this area of study independent or is it a byproduct of artists who are pursuing fancy expression of their artistic minds? How does studying this "new" branch a plus for what scientists or industrialists have already found and how does art play a role in this progress of scientific research? I have to say, I'm very new to the area of biotechnology and art. But after the first class, I was thrilled by the very idea of finding/ creating beauty in the realm of biological sciences or studying the co-existence of art and technology. I remember there is a period of time when I was really interested in synthetic biology and I was fascinated by how much these bioengineers have accomplished to help people with organ failures and permanent injuries, regardless of the moral issues it arouses. 

A documentary film of the science of regenerative medicine and synthetic biology

Watching Strange Culture was an interesting and horrifying experience to me because the movie documents an ongoing battle between individual artists in the field of genetically altered food against the government and legal system. Seeing how the government and security giving undeserving charges to Steve Kurtz and his support team was intimidating and thus bringing forward the issues of mass corporations' monopoly of the GMO industry and introducing non-labeled GMO food into market without public awareness. I do believe what these brave artists/scientists are doing is the correct move and is responsible for raising the public attention towards the nature of food we are consuming daily. 

A controversial example of genetically altered kernel that advocates the benefit of health and nutrition.

I believe there is a greater future in the intersection field of biotechnology and art, and I'm greatly looking forward to more exploration with the class and beyond. 


Work cited: 

Art and Biotechnology: When art looks into science. There Is Art. October 26, 2010.

Do You Know What You Are Eating? The Progressive Cynic. September 2013.

Expansion Microscopy Stretches Limits of Conventional Microscopes. NY Times. Jan, 19, 2015

How To Build a Beating Heart? Top Documentary Films. 2011.