Adam Zaretski - predavanje

Predavanje umjetnika Adama Zaretskog u petak, 25.02.2022 u 18.00 h na Akademiji likovnih umjetnosti, Ilica 85, Zagreb.

Bioart Immersive Wet Lab: Field Notes from a Transgenic Animal Facility

Dr. Adam Zaretsky, having returned from a month of immersion in a transgenic animal facility will explore what animal models reveal for alternative human inheritance futures. This performance lecture will introduce the transgenic human Genome Alternatives Project (thGAP) bioinformatics database Creative Germline Construct Bank (CGCB) and explain the Generic Open Source Plasmid for Human Arts (GOSHPA). We will look at the digitization of the flesh through DNA Bioiniformatics banking and the reanimation of the literary code from an online database pringted directly to flesh with a DNA synthesizer. The reintroduction of text files into organisms is a site of contention and also a crafty process. Integration of first hand experience in transgenic animal production will be interwoven with bioinformatics art exploration and a database of genes chosen publicly by amateur bioartists, citizen scientists and DIY-BIO hobbyists for open source, transgenic human, alternative brood breeding without copyright or proprietary nuisance.

Quote - "Genetically modifying the human germline with novel and creative genomic alterations is more aesthetically nuanced in an orthogonal to the contemporary sense than your average clinical CRISPR baby applique." - NADLinc


Dr. Adam Zaretsky of NADLinc is a nomadic Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs based on topics such as: foreign species invasion (pure/impure), radical food science (edible/inedible), jazz bioinformatics (code/flesh), tissue culture (undead/semi-alive), transgenic design issues (traits/desires), interactive ethology (person/machine/non-human) and physiology (performance/stress). A former researcher at the MIT department of biology, Adam runs labs on DIY-IGM (Do-It-Yourself Inherited Genetic Modification of the Human Genome). His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans, methods of transgenesis and germline aesthetics.