Biopunk: Subverting Biopolitics

Mar 13, 2017

5:00pm – 6:00pm CT

DNA is called the code of life but computational metaphors underestimate the impact of biopolitics, which reaches far beyond anything digital. Biases of today's culture are embedded in the wetware of tomorrow's genome editing and profiling. As the biotechnical gaze makes us increasingly visible we become categorized, branded by the norm, sifted into racialized and gendered identities.

Biopunk is our way to subvert biopolitics, to take our bio-determined future into our own hands. Speakers will discuss bio-art and activism while revealing our own genetic secrets, and also that of some random strangers. Join this session in genome-panic and bio-culture from paranoia to poetry, to make biopolitics our own.

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photo of Joerg Blumtritt
photo of Simone Browne
Simone Browne

The University of Texas at Austin

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Heather Dewey-Hagborg

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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