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The Sadodispassionate in the Context of Bio-Art

The Sadodispassionate in the Context of Bio-Art

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An essay for the 2012 Undergraduate Awards Competition by Ruth Kerr. Originally submitted for Fine Art, Painting, Visual Culture at National College of Art of Design, with lecturer Dr. Paul O' Brien in the category of Modern Cultural Studies
An essay for the 2012 Undergraduate Awards Competition by Ruth Kerr. Originally submitted for Fine Art, Painting, Visual Culture at National College of Art of Design, with lecturer Dr. Paul O' Brien in the category of Modern Cultural Studies

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The Sadodispassionate in the Context of Bio Art
 
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Abstract
Public awareness of the impact of biotechnology varies by demographic and country, butultimately does not reflect biotechnologies increasing prevalence in contemporary society.This discrepancy, combined with the issues that accompany industrial biotechnology need tobe addressed. Historical precedents, such as herbicide warfare, indicate that left unchecked,this trend is unsustainable.This was the motivation for this thesis, which explores the notion of human dominion overnature. It highlights the concept of sadodispassion as the crux of many environmental andecological issues associated with the industrial life sciences using biotechnology as aprimary example. The thesis proceeds to explore the issues raised regarding eco-feminism,biotechnology, capitalism and sadodispassion through bio-art. The examination of bio-art isrelevant to issues because it is an artistic practice that utilises techniques, skills, and themesthat are part of the life sciences. The techniques employed by bio-artists do not involve anindustrial, business oriented objective. This exposure through bio-art, supported by eco-feminist philosophies, is a means by which the reductionist and the sadodispassionate donot become abstract and untouchable themselves – rather, through bio-art and eco-feminism they become tangible and questionable.
 
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List of IllustrationsFigure 1: By Musi, Vincent J.,
Untitled 
, from the series
Domesticated 
(2011) ......................p.A photograph of a domesticated silver fox; the endeavour to domesticate silver foxes is partof a selective breeding project in association with the Institute of Cytology and Genetics,Novosibirsk, Siberia.Available: http://vincentjmusi.com/html/galleries/106/vincent-j-musi/domesticated/0Figure 2: By Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr,
Victimless Leather 
(2004) .......................................p.As part of the Tissue Culture and Art project (TC&A).Available: www.tca.uwa.edu.au/vl/vl.htmlFigure 3: By Eduardo Kac,
 Natural History of the Enigma
(2009) .......................................p.Available: http://www.ekac.org/nat.hist.enig.html

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