A discussion with Dalila Honorato and Marta de Menezes
Still from Nature, Marta De Menezes, installation, 1999-2000.
CRISPR-Cas9 GIVE ME A GENE - A discussion with Dalila Honorato and Marta de Menezes
This presentation will address issues pertaining to the uses,
ethics, and representations of CRISPR-cas9 genome editing system.
Much has been said about the possibilities of the application of
CRISPR-Cas9—some discreetly realistic while some seemingly
delusional. One thing is certain: It cannot be ignored. The
presenters, BioArtist Marta de Menezes and Media Scholar Dalila
Honorato, invite us to consider and discuss the potentials,
concerns and limitations of mutation technologies in everyday life
experience and an effort to go beyond stereotyped evaluations and
come to terms with the broad implications of CRISPR-Cas9.
Marta de Menezes
Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist with a degree in Fine
Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and
Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at
the University of Leiden. She has been exploring the intersection
between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories
demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new
art medium for two decades. She is currently the artistic director
of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory in Lisbon, and
Director of Cultivamos Cultura in Southern Portugal.
Dalila Honorato, is an Assistant Professor in Media Aesthetics
and Semiotics at the Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the
Ionian University in Greece where she is one of the founding
members of the Interactive Arts Lab. She is the head of the
organizing committee of the conference
Taboo-Transgression-Transcendence in Art & Science and
developer of the studies program concept of the Corfu Summer School
in Hybrid Arts. Her research focus is on embodiment in the
intersection of performing arts and new media.
Using her diagnosis of Crohn’s disease as inspiration and
fecal matter as the medium, UB biological art resident Kathy High
will convert the tiny organisms that live inside our guts into a
microbial coat of arms for various families.