Joe Davis (b.1950, Delaver, USA) ::: Article

Artist, researcher. In 1973 graduated with BA degree in creative arts from the Mt. Angel College (Mt. Angel, Oregon). He works with diverse media, including laser teleoperator systems, electron beam construction and applications, optical telecommunications systems, robotics and microfabrication systems. He has done an extensive research in molecular biology and bioinformatics for the production of genetic databases and new biological art forms. Author of "Microvenus" (1986), the first art work being created on the basis of synthesized DNA and genetically modified bacteria, and a series of large-scale contemporary art projects, incl. "Poetica Vaginal" (recorded the vaginal contractions of Boston Ballet ballerinas and then translated them ultimately into radio signals, beamed from MIT's Millstone radar to Epsilon Eridani, Tau Ceti and some others, 1986); "Riddle of Life" (creation of genetically modified organisms, 1994); "Audio Microscope" (translating light information into sound allowing one to "hear" living cells, 2000); "Milky Way" (putting a map of the Milky Way into the ear of a transgenic mouse, 2000). He also championed a space shuttle experiment that would have shot an electron gun into the magnetosphere to create the first artificial aurora. Between 1980-82 worked at the German Technical High School in Bremen. From 1982 he taught graduate and undergraduate level courses at the MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies in a graduate program in architecture (Master of Science in Visual Studies) and in undergraduate painting and mixed media at the Rhode Island School of Design. Since 1992 has worked at Alexander Rich's laboratory of the MIT Biology Department (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA).


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I. LABORATORY: science and technology

Svetlana Borinskaya. Genomics and Biotechnology: Science at the Beginning of the Third Millennium.

Mikhail Gelfand. Computational Genomics: from the Wet Lab to Computer and Back.

Irina Grigorjan, Vsevolod Makeev. Biochips and Industrial Biology.

Valery Shumakov, Alexander Tonevitsky. Xenotransplantation as a Scientific and Ethic Problem.

Abraham Iojrish. Legal Aspects of Gene Engineering.

Pavel Tishchenko. Genomics: New Science in the New Cultural Situation.
II. FORUM: society and genomic culture

Eugene Thacker. Darwin's Waiting Room.

Critical Art Ensemble. The Promissory Rhetoric of Biotechnology in the Public Sphere.

SubRosa. Sex and Gender in the Biotech Century.

Ricardo Dominguez. Nano-Fest Destiny 3.0: Fragments from the Post-Biotech Era.

Birgit Richard. Clones and Doppelgangers. Multiplications and Reproductions of the Self in Film.

Sven Druehl. Chimaera Phylogeny: From Antiquity to the Present.
III. TOPOLOGY: from biopolitics to bioaesthetics

Boris Groys. Art in the Age of Biopolitics.

Stephen Wilson. Art and Science as Cultural Acts.

Melentie Pandilovski. On the Phenomenology of Consciousness, Technology, and Genetic Culture.

Roy Ascott. Interactive Art: Doorway to the Post-Biological Culture.
IV. INTERACTION CODE: artificial life

Mark Bedau. Artificial Life Illuminates Human Hyper-creativity.

Louis Bec. Artificial Life under Tension.

Alan Dorin. Virtual Animals in Virtual Environments.

Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau. The Application of Artificial Life to Interactive Computer Installations.
V. MODERN THEATRE: ars genetica

George Gessert. A History of Art Involving DNA.

Kathleen Rogers. The Imagination of Matter.

Brandon Ballengee. The Origins of Artificial Selection.

Marta de Menezes. The Laboratory as an Art Studio.

Adam Zaretsky. Workhorse Zoo Art and Bioethics Quiz.
VI. IMAGE TECHNOLOGY: ars chimaera

Joe Davis. Monsters, Maps, Signals and Codes.

David Kremers. The Delbruck Paradox. Version 3.0.

Eduardo Kac. GFP Bunny.

Dmitry Bulatov. Ars Chimaera.

Valery Podoroga. Rene Descartes and Ars Chimaera.
VII. METABOLA: tissue culture and art

Ionat Zurr. Complicating Notions of Life - Semi-Living Entities.

Oron Catts. Fragments of Designed Life - the Wet Palette of Tissue Engineering.

Dmitry Prigov. Speaking of Unutterable.

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