PUBLIC TALK: Amplifying Ambiguity, Contesting Futures
|Amplifying Ambiguity, Contesting Futures : Public talk with SymbioticA resident Art historian Nora Vaage
In our contemporary Knowledge society, ideas for and about science are often shaped by the visions, scenarios and predictions offered by more or less clear-sighted actors within different societal spheres.
Entering into the contested terrain of which futures to prepare for, some of these visions are more ambiguous than others. This talk will discuss some of the artworks coming out of the SymbioticA Centre in relation to two other speculative projections of possible futures: The movement of Transhumanism, and the synthetic biology undergraduate competition iGEM.
Nora S. Vaage is an interdisciplinary researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is working on her PhD dissertation on artistic research and the ethics of bio art, of which the SymbioticA Centre is the main case study. Her Master?s thesis in Art History discussed the transgenic artworks of Eduardo Kac, and she also holds a Bachelor?s in Aesthetics. Nora is a member of the research group Cnature, the Cultural History of Nature. She is a lecturer in Art Theory and the ethics of images, and a seminar teacher in Visual Culture and Visual Rhetoric at the University of Bergen.
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