Posthuman Genetic Legacies
Svenja J. Kratz & Dietmar Hutmacher
Chaired by Elizabeth Stephens and Grayson Cooke
When: 11th June 2021, 5.30pm AEST (UTC+10) Find your timezone here!
Where: UQ Art Museum and online.
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At this inaugural Australian Leonardo/ISAST LASER Talk, Dr Svenja J. Kratz and Professor Dietmar Hutmacher will discuss their collaboration for the Posthuman Genetic Legacies project, a recipient of the prestigious ANAT Synapse Residency for 2021.
Posthuman Genetic Legacies will examine the scientific potential and legal implications of securing alternative genetic offspring via biotechnological intervention. The project draws on the artist’s recent experience of uterine pathology and impending menopause to consider alternative conceptions of motherhood and reproduction. In particular, the project investigates the potential of cell culture and genetic engineering to acquire biological offspring when conventional reproductive pathways are compromised or traditional conceptions of motherhood are undesirable.
Dr Kratz is a contemporary Australian artist and researcher interested in transdisciplinary creative practice, particularly the intersections between science and art. She lectures in the School of Creative Arts and Media at the University of Tasmania. Professor Hutmacher is recognized internationally for his research in adult stem cell research related to regenerative medicine. He is Distinguished Professor and Chair in Regenerative Medicine at Queensland University of Technology.
The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 40 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website. @lasertalks
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