Panel: BioARTCAMP: Laboratory Ecologies in the Wild West
Biotopological Reconfigurations will address the spatial reality of the BioARTCAMP. Building a laboratory -a closed and sterile environment- into the wild gives birth to a productive relationship between open and closed spaces, between sterile environments and potentially infectious sites. These performative relations amount to the problematization of biotechnologically shaped environments in terms of connections between milieus of interiority and milieus of exteriority, in terms of topological connections; biotopologies. How does the opening up of a milieu of interiority, of a closed -or sterile- environment, to an open -potentially infectious- space, that is to a milieu of exteriority, to a space of indeterminacy, to a futurity, a changing potential, affects -or infects- living’s spatial conditions? Drawing upon interviews I will conduct with all the participants of the BioARTCAMP, I will offer a critical analysis of the biotech future in terms of spatial and/or architectural technology.
- Marie-Pier Boucher is a PhD student in the department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University. Her work draws upon pragmatism, complex systems theory, and bio- and neurosciences in addressing architectural and spatial practices. She collaborates as a theorist and co-editor on Adaptive Actions (Madrid Abierto, Spain, 2010 and Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Canada, 2010) as well as on BioARTCAMP (Banff Centre for the Arts, 2011). She serves on the editorial committee of InfleXions, an open-access journal for research-creation. Her research residencies include: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany (2010) and SymbioticA, Center for Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia, Perth (2006).
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