Artists and scientists tend to live and work in very different worlds. In major cities across three continents the question is being asked: “Is there something to be gained in our understanding of humankind by encouraging scientists and artists to share their ideas?”
This series of salons brings guest artists, Puget Sound faculty members, and others together on the free Third Thursday of each month at Tacoma Art Museum or on campus. Events typically run from 6 to 8 p.m., with food, mingling, conversation, and more.
6:00 p.m. Food, drinks, and mingling
6:30 p.m. Presentation and Q&A
7:30 p.m. More mingling
We have an exciting event scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th!
Mary (Maggic) Tsang from the MIT Media Lab will be visiting the University of Puget Sound to enlighten us on bio-art, bio-hacking, citizen science. This will be a talk, followed by a hand-on workshop. The workshop will require R.S.V.P. and registration, as space will be limited. More details will be announced next week....so SAVE THE DATE!
Room TBD. Tentatively, the talk will be from 5:30-6 p.m. followed by the workshop 6-8 p.m. (with limited slots).
[an excerpt from Maggic:]
In response to the various ways that institutions both pollute and regulate our bodies through hormones, the Estrofem! Lab develops various methods of "freak science" for hacking estrogen and demonstrating its molecular colonization. From yeast biosensors for detection to DIY column chromatography for urine-hormone extraction, these recipes serve as kinds of 'biotechnical civil disobedience,' combining body-gender politics and queer discourse with civic science. The workshop will begin with a short presentation followed by hormone-extraction action. Bring your own urine!
QUESTIONS AND DISCURSIVE EXERCISES:
● How do bodies queer at the molecular level?
● How does that queering change based on body-type, intention, exposure, and desire?
● How can we “hack” this process, by way of freak-kitchen-science?
● What is a gender anyway, if there are increased bio-queer options?
● What is normality anyway, if our bodies are so open to mutation?