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08.21.13 Marina Galperina

Inspired by the radical left organization the Weather Underground, The New Weathermen have a few proposals for unauthorized ecological interventions. As per their Manifesto (PDF link): Parasite Lost Parasitic behaviour will not be tolerated. Eden Gone There is no untouched Nature to go back to. Only forward. Caution is for Preys Abort the precautionary principle. Bio Commons Abolish […]

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08.07.13 Andy Cush

Underneath the bright blue mass of geometric crystals you see above is something much more discomfiting: a dead bee, one of many victims of the plague of potentially chemically-caused bee deaths of recent years. Bioartist Simon Park–the guy behind this smartphone bacteria art–created Bee-Jewelled, the clumsily named but wonderfully executed piece, by dousing the insect carcasses in […]

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05.06.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Mother Nature might be a bit of a ring pop-sucking club kid, because she made bioluminescent bacteria. Woo. While it occurs naturally in aquatic settings, it’s become prime fodder for genetic engineers, who are constantly trying to reproduce that neon glow-in-the-dark splendor in lab settings. That’s pretty cool. But don’t you want YOUR OWN genetically engineered […]

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04.19.13 Julia Dawidowicz

For his project Bacteriograms, Finnish photographer  Erno Erik Raitanen wanted to see if he could grow a microbiological culture on film instead of in a petri dish. The experiment was a success. The bleeding, abstract images of Bacteriograms are “self portraits,” in the biological sense: he created them by rubbing his own saliva on large-format, color negative film. Bacteriograms aren’t […]

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02.22.13 Eugene Reznik

Students at the University of Surrey in the UK taking a Practical and Biomedical Bacteriology course imprinted their smartphone screens onto petri dishes with grow media to see what kind of bacteria was lurking. Three days later, they found #art. The colorized result are not just alluring abstract designs, there are narrative and performative elements […]

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08.21.12 Marina Galperina

“It’s a new way of thinking about cloning,” says conceptual artist and experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats about his beakers of softly bubbling yeast. His pet field is epigenetics — the study of non-genetic, environmental factors and chemicals that influence people and their genes — in this case, diets. Using diets of high profile people, Keats grows yeast “clones” in […]

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02.09.11 Marina Galperina

Someone in Kansas has a jar of authentic William S. Burroughs shit. Bioartists Tony Allard and Adam Zaretsky are going to extract the transgressive writer’s genes from said shit, amplify and shoot them into some cell nuclei with an art gun… Now that’s fitting. With an approving nod from Burroughs Estate, Mutate or Die: a W.S. […]

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