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Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience

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Popular culture in this -biological century- seems to feed on proliferating fears, anxieties, and hopes around the life sciences at a time when such basic concepts as scientific truth, race and gender identity, and the human itself are destabilized in the public eye. Tactical Biopolitics suggests that the political challenges at the intersection of life, science, and art a ...more
Hardcover, 509 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by MIT Press (MA)
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Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Tactical Biopolitics is an ambitious collection of essays that originated from a conference on BioArt at University of California at Irvine in 2005. Bioart is a relatively new phenomenon in the United States and around the globe, which, in the past decade, has become a profound site of inquiry for scholars, artists, scientists, and others interested in the intersection of art and science. We can even think about post-9/11 fears about biological warfare as integrally related to the study of bioar ...more
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Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Tactical Biopolitics, edited by Beatriz da Costa of Critical Art Ensemble and Kavita Philip provides an amazing overview of bioart practices and their political implications, as well as interfacing directly with biologists doing current research.

Did you know that population geneticists like Richard Lewontin say that there is no known successful case of gene therapy and that in fact it is very dangerous, and the reason it is dangerous, the inability to site specifically insert genes, also underl
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This book is a wide ranging, multi-disciplinary snapshot of current practices and historical roots of the project of "tactical biopolitics." This book frames the issues of the "biological century" in a way that defies traditional disciplinary boundaries and points towards a new approach to practice. Everyone will find something/someone new here.

Featuring contributions from Troy Duster, Biella Coleman, Critical Arts Ensemble, Beatriz da Costa, Donna Haraway, Kathy High, Richard Lewontin, Richard
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