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Tactical BiopoliticsArt, Activism, and Technoscience$
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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

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The Ethics of Experiential Engagement with the Manipulation of Life

The Ethics of Experiential Engagement with the Manipulation of Life

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

Ionat Zurr

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262042499.003.0008

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

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