February 5, 2016, 3pm-5pm
Newkirk Alumni Center, Conference rooms A&B
(directions – http://alumni.uci.edu/newkirk/maps.php).
Parking is free to attendees
Startling new developments in “gene editing” have raised profound issues regarding
changing and enhancing existing life, creating new life forms, and the origin of life. At the same time, contemporary artists who employ laboratory methods in the context of synthetic biology are getting particularly “close to life” today.
These issues will be explored at the Newkirk Center for Science and Society’s Gene Editing, Artificial Life and Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Symposium being held in conjunction with the opening of the Wetware: Art/Agency/Animation exhibit at the Beall Center for Art + Technology, with the cooperation of the Center for Complex Biological Systems.
The symposium will explore issues surrounding the emerging field of synthetic
biology in an era in which so-called “limit biologies,” as anthropologist Stefan Helmreich puts it, “come with the promise to reboot the life sciences.”
Following the symposium, there will be a reception and opportunity to view the Wetware exhibit at the Beall Center.
Featured symposium panelists to date:
Lori Andrews (Chicago-Kent College of Law)
Adam Brown (Artist)
John Chaput (Pharmaceutical Sciences, UC Irvine)
Carl Cranor (Philosophy, UC Riverside)
Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand (Artists)
Peter Donovan (Biological Chemistry, UC Irvine)
Anna Dumitriu (Artist)
Gilberto Esparza (Artist)
David Familian (Beall Center for Art + Technology, UC Irvine)
Anthony James (Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, UC Irvine)
Chang Liu (Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine)
Markus Schmidt (Biofaction, Austria)
Lucie Strecker & Klaus Spiess (Artists)
Simon Penny (Studio Art, UC Irvine)
Orkan Telhan (Artist)
Moderated by Jens Hauser (Curator, University of Copenhagen)
For more on the Wetware:Art/Agency/Animation exhibit at the Beall Center for Art +Technology, with works by artists including Anna Dumitriu, Evelina Domnitch, and Dmitry Gelfand: