Date of Award

1998

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

Abstract

Biologically related technologies are developing rapidly. Their effects will shape the future of human society and the human environment. This paper examines, through the discipline of Photomedia, possible futures dominated by biologically related technologies. More specifically, it explores the relevant issues through the art project called 'Tissue Culture & Art' (therefore refer to as TC&A). TC&A is a research and development project which explores the use of tissue culture and tissue engineering as a medium for artistic expression. Biologically related technologies can be used as a source for questioning the traditional meta-dichotomy of nature versus culture. TC&A redefines the terrain of what is natural/living and what is artificial/non-living. The art of the 60's and 70's emphasised discourses of nature by opposing human culture and technological progress. The Post-Human art of the 80's and 90's investigated enthusiastically technological hype focusing on the human individual as the source of the art expression. The TC&A project attempts to combine some of the conflicting ideologies of these art movements into a new evolutionary stage, by combining discourses of nature and cultural progress. Through the theme of biologically related-technologies TC&A investigates the creation of a high-tech "nature" which will sustain the survival of both, the environment and humans (whatever kind they will be). Furthermore, this paper looks at reducing the gaps created by different paces of evolutions (biological, cultural and techno-scientific) which are accompanied by a lack of corresponding social values and social adaptation. The paper offers an approach which integrates art and science disciplines and communicating them to the wider community. This thesis contains textual analysis, graphic maps and TC&A visuals in order to explore and imagine the Terra lcognita of the future.

Comments

Title page incorrectly reads "Communication Tissue Culture as Art"

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