L'arte della vita: biotecnologie e bioetica [Bioart, biotechnology and bioethics]

Rosangela Barcaro
University of Genoa (PhD)
Bioart is an artistic experience that relates art, science and biotechnology by examining the concepts of life, evolution and nature from a new point of view. The revolutionary idea at the basis of this experience is the use of living organic matter as an expressive medium, handled with techniques which are made possible by the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs. Bioart aims at allowing a broader public the understanding and discussion of the problems related to activities that shape the relationship between man and biotechnology, in order to explore the concerns that those activities arise. The article describes some selected works produced by international bioartists, with the intent to provide an analysis of bioethical and cultural implications of a phenomenon that shows many contradictions.
Keywords bioart  biotechnology  bioethics  aesthetics
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