neurótica:bioII_intermediae matadero

NEURÓTICA:BIOII WAS PERFECT, A REPORT COMING SOON!

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con
eugene thacker
critical art ensemble

Sábado 20 de octubre 07, en Intermediæ Matadero Madrid, a partir de las 4 hs.

neurótica:bioII es la segunda manifestación pública de un proyecto de investigación que examina la ansiedad de la sociedad actual generada por el acelerado desarrollo en tecnociencia.
Neurotica:bio explora la percepción social de los avances de las modernas biotecnologías y los temores y expectativas asociadas a lo “bio”.

INVITADOS:

Critical Art Ensemble es un colectivo de tactical media que explora las intersecciones entre arte, teoría crítica, tecnología y activismo político.
The Body Proud es una instalación performática que invita al público a tomar una sesión de shiatsu mientras que se exponen datos estadísticos del uso de servicios psiquiátricos y las ganancias de empresas farmaceúticas en terapias psicoactivas en Europa en tiempos de la ubicuidad digital. El performance se desarrolla en las salas de Intermediæ con la implicación del público.

Eugene Thacker es profesor adjunto en la Escuela de Literatura y Cultura del Instituto de Tecnología de Georgia (Atlanta, EE.UU.), es autor de Global Genome, Biomedia y The Exploit: A Theory of Networks.
Extinción y Existencia examina el tema de “extinción” y su consideración cultural para replantear el concepto de vida como un concepto filosófico.
Seguirá a su intervención un diálogo con la investigadora Raquel Renno y el público.

Raquel Renno es Doctora en Comunicación y Semiótica (Cultura en ambientes mediáticos) – Universidad Católica de São Paulo, investigadora del Consejo Nacional del Desarrollo Tecnológico y Científico (CNPQ, Brasil) y colaboradora del proyecto de arte digital Influenza con Rafael Marchetti.

Es un proyecto de CAPSULA
blog del proyecto: http://www.intermediae.es/project/neurotica_bioll

CAPSULA es una plataforma de investigación curatorial cuyo área de interés es el encuentro entre el arte, la ciencia y la naturaleza. Su principal objetivo es construir puentes de diálogo entre diversas disciplinas con el fin de estimular el pensamiento crítico mediante el intercambio de conocimiento entorno a temas de debate contemporáneo.

info@capsula.org.es

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neurótica_bioII
a project by CAPSULA

with
eugene thacker
critical art ensemble

Saturday 20th of October 07, from 4 pm. at Intermediæ Matadero Madrid

neurótica:bioII es la segunda manifestación pública de un proyecto de investigación que examina la ansiedad de la sociedad actual generada por el acelerado desarrollo en tecnociencia.
Neurotica:bio explora la percepción social de los avances de las modernas biotecnologías y los temores y expectativas asociadas a lo “bio”.

Critical Art Ensemble is a collective of tactical media practitioners that explore the intersecions between art, critical theory, technology and political activism.
The Body Proud is a live installacion exploring the pathologycal impacto of digital information and communication technology on the human body and mind. The visitors are invited to take a shiatsu session while while they are surrounded by monitors scrolling through the EU statistics on the explosive growth of psychiatric services in the time of digital ubiquity.

Eugene Thacker is the author of a number of books on the philosophy of science and technology, including ‘Biomedia,’ ‘The Global Genome: Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture,’ and ‘The Exploit: A Theory of Networks’ (co-authored with Alexander Galloway). He teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta (USA).
Extinction and Existence will examine the theme of extinction and the way that is prompts us to reconsider the concept of life as a philosophical concept.

Raquel Renno holds a PhD on Communication and Semiotics (“Culture in Mediated Enviroments”) by the Catholic University of Sao Paolo, she is researcher in the National Council of Technologycal and Scientific Research (CNPQ, Brasil) and colaborator in the digital art project Influenza with Rafael Marchetti.

NEURÓTICA is a project by CAPSULA
blog del proyecto: http://www.intermediae.es/project/neurotica_bioll

CAPSULA is a research platform created in 2005 by Mónica Bello and Ulla Taipale, with the objective of generating cultural products that explore the relationship between art, science and nature. It is a collaborative project that aims to build bridges for dialog among separate disciplines, and stimulate critical thought through the exchange of knowledge.

info@capsula.org.es

blog en marcha_neurótica:bioII_intermediae

el blog del proyecto neurótica:bioII que se presentará en intermediae en 20 de octubre está en marcha:

http://www.intermediae.es/project/neurotica_bioll

Strange Culture_a film by Lynn Hershman Leeson about Steve Kurtz case

In May of 2004, Steve Kurtz’s wife of 20 years died in her sleep of natural causes. Kurtz is a founding member of an award-winning collective Critical Art Ensemble whose work aimed at informing audiences about the lack of regulation and potential risks of genetically modified food. When emergency medical technicials responded to his 911 call, they saw in his home petri dishes–part of an installation–filled with harmless bacterial cultures. They called the FBI.

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At that point, the nation was still reeling from the 2001 anthrax scares that had shut down everything from Congress to the Supreme Court to the New York Post. Kurtz was detained on suspicion of bio-terrorism.

What makes Kurtz’s predicament film-worthy is that within a week, tests showed that there were no harmful biological agents in his house and that his wife had died of heart failure. But the case against Kurtz has not gone away. Forced to drop charges of weapons manufacture, the federal prosecutor in Buffalo instead brought charges of mail fraud against both Kurtz and Robert Ferrell, a professor of genetics at the University of Pittsburgh who sent Kurtz the (harmless and legal) bacterial cultures used in his art work. The “fraud” alleged is that Ferrell and Kurtz did not properly reveal, in a requisition form, the purpose of the mailing. It must be noted that neither the University of Pittsburgh nor Buffalo has asserted fraud, and neither Farrell nor Kurtz believed that there was anything fraudulent in their dealings. The allegation of fraud is made exclusively by the federal prosecutor–a first as far as anyone knows.

Even assuming that there were a defrauded party, one wonders why it isn’t being handled as a fairly routine civil matter–i.e., why on earth any putative misrepresentation regarding paperwork is being pursued as a criminal matter. But to give it the ultimate Kafka-esque twist, the charges against Kurtz and Farrell have been pursued under the USA Patriot Act. That means that the sentence for otherwise ordinary crimes is doubled. Since mail fraud carries a sentence of ten years, Kurtz thus faces a possible sentence of twenty years.

After all these years, the prosecution has yet to set a date for the trial. But meanwhile, Strange Culture, a documentary film based on Kurtz’s ordeal, offers a brilliant and moving examination of fear and its manipulations.

Strange Culture, a film by Lynn Hershman Leeson starring Tilda Swinton, Thomas Jay Ryan and Peter Coyote.

source: The Nation, 5 October 07