Biofaction’s article in LEONARDO: Splicing boundaries: the experiences of bioart exhibition visitors

Take a look at the recently published article by Wolfgang Kerbe and Markus Schmidt: Splicing boundaries: the experiences of bioart exhibition visitors in Leonardo magazine Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 128–136;

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SPLICING BOUNDARIES: THE EXPERIENCES OF BIOART EXHIBITION VISITORS

by Wolfgang Kerbe and Markus Schmidt

ABSTRACT: Bioart can cross the line between the scientific domain and that of arts and may touch the boundary between the living and the nonliving. This study addresses how visitors to a bioart exhibition experienced the hybrid aspects of this form of art. Semi-structured interviews were held with 119 visitors to the synth-ethicexhibition in Vienna, Austria, in May and June 2011. Analysis shows that for a majority of visitors the use of bacteria and lower organisms does not pose an ethical problem, whereas integration of higher animals or even humans into the artwork is not readily accepted.

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