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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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Biotech Patronage and the Making of Homo DNA

Biotech Patronage and the Making of Homo DNA

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Tactical Biopolitics

Jaqueline Stevens

The MIT Press

This chapter examines genetic iconography, which has sensationalized rather than elucidated contemporary bioethical crises by placing the causes of public health and agricultural problems into the genetic domain, rather than the political-economic domain. It elaborates on artistic creations that reinforce genetic determinism and other dominant ideologies, and uses three recent museum exhibitions as case studies to unveil the influence of biotech corporations on the types of works being shown, as well as on the context in which these works were being presented. These are “Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution,” Gallery Exit Art, Downtown New York City, September 9 to October 15, 2000; “The Genomic Revolution,” American Museum of Natural History, May 26, 2001, to January 1, 2002; and “Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics,” Seattle, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, April 6 to August 25, 2002.

Keywords:   genetic iconography, public health, agriculture, genetic determinism, biotechnology, biotech corporations

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