Redesigning Ecosystems: Synthetic Biology, Art and the Non-Human


SELLNER Veronika

Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
Description The current environmental collapse that we as society face on a day-to-day basis leads us to rethinking and redefining the known. In this presentation we will introduce how artistic interventions in synthetic biology are a useful tool not only for thinking about current challenges, but also for the future ones. Hand in hand, the philosophical approaches for such artistic practises will be laid out - namely the impact of speculative turn in philosophy. We perceive synthetic biology as a field of interdisciplinary cooperation, in which exact disciplines necessarily meet with (artistic) imagination and design. Therefore it offers the potential to discuss the future ecosystems beyond the experienced - including emancipation of the non-human actors. By giving voice to the non-human and designing organisms, we can create a new sustainability or perhaps keep the planet habitable.
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