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Hypersymbiotics™: An artistic reflection on the ethical and environmental implications of microbiome research and new technologies (2022)


This essay describes my ongoing series “Hypersymbiotics™,” which began in 2012 and explores the potential ways in which our microbiome, genetics, epigenetics and even our environment could potentially be enhanced to turn us into human ‘super-organisms.’ The series includes performances and installations involving BioArt, as well as photographic documentation of ephemeral artworks and takes the form of a vehicle for public discussion about new healthcare technologies. The essay discusses artworks made using synthetic biology techniques including CRISPR genetic modification in bacteria and yeasts, and gene editing in plants, as well as using artificial intelligence and stem cell research. It critiques the role of the media and advertising in the promotion of complex new biomedical technologies. The “Hypersymbiotics™” series is deeply concerned with promoting public understanding of the ethical implications of new scientific developments and enabling reflection and debate. At its core the artwork is about knowledge, power, and control and where that resides.

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Article Davina Höll; Leonie N. Bossert (2022) Introducing the microbiome: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science (p. 100817). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Lie, Merete
Rachel Hill
Krause, Kelly
Saulnier, Katie Michelle
Joly, Yann
Tatiana Pina
Public Understanding of Science
Technology and Culture
Spontaneous Generations
Social Studies of Science
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Science as Culture
World Scientific Publishing Company
MIT Press
Harvard University Press
Duke University Press
CRC Press
Science and art
Visual representation; visual communication
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge
Science and ethics
Science and culture
Life sciences
Waddington, Conrad Hal
Tereshkova, Valentina
Richter, Gerhard
Poincaré, Jules Henri
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century, early
United States
Soviet Union
United States. National Institutes of Health. Office of Alternative Medicine

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