Bio Art + Body Art = Inner-Body Art: (With a Typology of Biotechnological Art)

By François-Joseph Lapointe.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Recent advances in genomics and biotechnology have provided a new set of approaches, methods and media for new types of artistic endeavors. The so-called bio artists who are employing these tools are pushing the boundaries of art, while revealing at the same time what really goes on in science laboratories. A large array of techniques ranging from tissue culture, genetic engineering, and artificial life are currently being applied, and the products being displayed, in the name of art. In this paper, I will discuss the impact of biotechnology in the specific context of art. I will then propose a typology of bio art, drawing from several examples, with special reference to body art and inner-body art.

Keywords: Bio Art, Body Art, Inner-Body Art, Performance Art, Viennese Actionism, Typology of Bio Art

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.267MB).

Prof. François-Joseph Lapointe

PhD Candidate, Doctorat en études et pratiques des arts, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada

François-Joseph is a trained evolutionary biologist from the Université de Montréal and a PhD candidate in arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. As a scientist, he has published over 80 papers ranging from phylogenomics to population genetics and conservation biology. As a bioartist, he is transposing the stochastic processes of molecular evolution to the field of choreography. For his most recent project, he used DNA as a substrate for dance composition.


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