Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Tactical BiopoliticsArt, Activism, and Technoscience$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042499

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042499.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use (for details see www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 15 November 2018

The Ethics of Experiential Engagement with the Manipulation of Life

The Ethics of Experiential Engagement with the Manipulation of Life

(p.125) 8 The Ethics of Experiential Engagement with the Manipulation of Life
Tactical Biopolitics

Oron Catts

Ionat Zurr

The MIT Press

This chapter presents case studies of the incorrect use of scientific terminology found in curatorial statements and other bioart-related writings, which often confound developments in tissue engineering with molecular biology and other genetic-based subfields of the life sciences. It argues that careless use of scientific language only furthers the public misunderstandings of science, and all too often plays right into the rhetoric promoted by the biotech industries and other funding beneficiaries, which have lots to gain by equating the field of biology with the (sub-)field of genetics. The chapter cites the “ethical, cultural, and political importance of experiential engagement with life manipulation as it can be an effective methodology to confront the complexities and contest dominant ideologies regarding the life sciences.”

Keywords:   scientific terminology, scientific language, bioart, curatorial statements, biotech industry

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.