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Put the Art Exhibit to Death

Today on Pop Culture Intelligentsia Brent Morris talks about BioArt, Eduardo Kac’s victimless leather, Charles Vacanti’s ear mouse and the Hamburger Helper Mixtape.

Show Notes & Links

  • BioArt
    BioArt is an art practice where humans work with live tissues, bacteria, living organisms, and life processes. Using scientific processes such as biotechnology (including technologies such as genetic engineering, tissue culture, and cloning) the artworks are produced in laboratories, galleries, or artists’ studios. The scope of BioArt is considered by some artists to be strictly limited to “living forms”, while other artists would include art that uses the imagery of contemporary medicine and biological research, or require that it address a controversy or blind spot posed by the very character of the life sciences.
  • Victimless Leather
    Victimless Leather is a sub-project of the Tissue Culture & Art Project where the artists are growing a leather jacket without killing any animals. Growing the victimless leather problematizes the concept of garment by making it semi-living. This artistic grown garment is intended to confront people with the moral implications of wearing parts of dead animals for protective and aesthetic reasons and confronts notions of relationships with manipulated living systems.
  • Eduardo Kac
    Eduardo Kac is a contemporary American artist and professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kac was born in 1962, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kac has worked in numerous and diverse artistic media since he began practicing in the early 1980s in Rio. “His work encompasses many genres, and he is often a pioneer and a protagonist in many fields: holography applied to the arts, the creation of works to be transmitted by fax, photocopied art, experimental photography, video, fractals, digital art, microchips approached as human prostheses, virtual reality, networks, robotics, satellites, telerobotics, teletransportation, genomes, biotechnology, Morse code, DNA. Kac has coined many names for his work, such as: bioart, biopoetics, biorobotics, biotelematics, holopoem, holopoetry, telempathy, plantimal, telepresence, teleborg, transgenic art, weblography, and webot.”
  • Vacanti mouse
    The Vacanti mouse was a laboratory mouse that had what looked like a human ear grown on its back. The “ear” was actually an ear-shaped cartilage structure grown by seeding cow cartilage cells into a biodegradable ear-shaped mold and then implanted under the skin of the mouse, then the cartilage naturally grew by itself.
  • Charles Vacanti
    Charles Alfred Vacanti (born 1949/50) is a researcher in tissue engineering[1] and Professor of Anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School. He is a former head of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Massachusetts and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is known for the Vacanti mouse, a mouse created with Linda Griffith and Joseph Upton with cartilage shaped like a human ear on its back, and for being the senior author on the first of two retracted articles on STAP cells, a concept proposed by his brother and himself, and co-authored with Haruko Obokata. Vacanti stood down as department chair of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and took a one-year sabbatical from September 1, 2014.
  • Diemut Strebe
    Boston-based conceptual artist.
  • Vincent van Gogh’s ear made using living cells and a 3D printer
    After growing enough cells from the material obtained from the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo, they were shaped to replicate van Gogh’s detached organ using a 3D printer and the resulting “ear” is being kept alive using a nutrient solution. Lieuwe shares around a sixteenth of the same genes as the Impressionist master, which includes the Y-chromosome passed down through the male lineage.
  • Hamburger Helper Mixtape
    Lefty, the Hamburger Helper mascot, may have to leave the mascot business and pursue a rap career after the release his new mixtape “Watch the Stove.”

Host

Brent Morris
Website: http://closetgeekshow.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/closetgeekshow

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A Little Compression

Today on Pop Culture Intelligentsia we’ll talk with producer, engineer and mixer, Mark Pistel about protest music. Is it relevant? Does it change anything? Mark was a founding member of the band Consolidated, who had radical activist leanings. We’ll also talk with Eric Drass, who is an artist who paints, creates digital installation, and generative experiments that live on the net. In particular, we’re going to talk about his latest foray, The Glitch News Network, a bot that scrapes various online news sources for images of the latest stories and glitches and mashes them into a 2 second video. In our third and last segment we’ll discuss Storium, an online storytelling game. Storium is based around creative writing. As you play, the game helps you figure out what to write next and how to keep your story interesting. We’ll be joined by Storium’s CEO and co-founder, Stephen Hood.

Show Notes & Links

  • Protest music
  • Consolidated’s Friendly Fa$cism LP
    Friendly Fa$cism is the second full-length album by industrial/hip hop artists Consolidated which was released in 1991. The name comes from the title of a 1980 book by political scientist Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America, which laid out the form of “creeping fascism” that Gross feared might come to pass in the United States.
  • Michael Franti
    Michael Franti is an American rapper, musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter.
  • Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
    The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy was an American industrial hip-hop band, active during the early 1990s.
  • The Beatnigs
    The Beatnigs was a San Francisco band, which combined hard-core punk, industrial and hip hop influences, described as “a kind of avant-garde industrial jazz poets collective”.
  • Spearhead
    In 1994, Franti formed a new band called Spearhead with a few studio musicians, including mainstay Carl Young, and announced the dissolution of Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.
  • Donald Trump
    Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, politician, television personality, and candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
  • Vegetarianism
  • Holly Herndon
    Holly Herndon is an American composer, musician, and sound artist based in San Francisco, California.
  • Honey Soundsystem
    San Francisco’s coveted queer dj collective and production group.
  • Dark Entries
    Dark Entries takes great care in preserving sound quality and respecting the aesthetics of its artists.
  • Bézier
    Robert started DJing in 2003 and joined SF’s DJ collective Honey Soundsystem in 2007. He produces music under the moniker Bézier.
  • Rykarda Parasol
    Rykarda Parasol is a composer, lyricist, vocalist, musician, and performer.
  • Blipvert
    A blipvert is a very brief television advertisement, that lasts just one or several seconds.
  • tl;drbot
    This bot takes works of literature and algorithmically summarizes them, a chapter at a time, to 1% of their original length.
  • bffbot
    If you follow her, she’ll follow you back and send you a cheery greeting. She’ll favourite your tweets (she especially likes your ‘plain text’ tweets, rather than recycled links or retweets). Every now and then she’ll reply.
  • Machinima news
  • trippingbot
    MARTA (Meta. Aphoric. Recurrent. Tripping. Algopoet) starts taking drugs at 6pm each day, and then reports on its mental state intermittently over the next 6 hours. As the evening progresses, the bot takes more drugs and becomes more intoxicated, which is reflected in the (in)choherence of the reports it delivers. This reaches a peak at midnight, when the reports cease until it begins again at 6pm the next day.
  • Conspiracybot
  • Robin Rimbaud A.K.A. Scanner
    Robin Rimbaud is an electronic musician who works under the name Scanner due to his use of cell phone and police scanners in live performance.
  • Private Sector
    Multimedia band that Eric Drass is involved in.
  • Matthew Plummer-Fernandez
    Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is a Colombian-British artist based in London known for playfully and critically exploring socio-cultural entanglements with technology, through 3D printed sculpture, autonomous bots, software, and his ongoing research blog Algopop.
  • sekuMoi Mecy
    Ongoing exploration of derivatives of a 3D scan of Mickey Mouse, titled sekuMoi Mecy (a simple computer generated anagram). Each derivative demonstrates the progression of scanning and remixing processes Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is developing. The choice of character also raises issues of potential clashes with big copyright holders that could potentially choose to lobby for legislation against 3D scanning.
  • Julian Oliver’s cell phone jamming battle tank
    With the flick of a switch No Network implements a blanket ban of mobile telephony in its presence. All access to the cellular (mobile) network within a 6-15m diameter aura around the object is jammed, including calls, SMS and data connectivity.
  • Culture jamming
    Culture jamming (sometimes guerrilla communication) is a tactic used by many anti-consumerist social movements to disrupt or subvert media culture and its mainstream cultural institutions, including corporate advertising. It attempts to “expose the methods of domination” of a mass society to foster progressive change.
  • Democracy Now!
    Democracy Now! is a daily progressive, nonprofit, independently syndicated news hour that airs on more than 1,250 radio, television, satellite and cable TV networks around the globe.
  • Storium
    Storium is the online storytelling game.
  • Role-playing game (RPG)
    A role-playing game (RPG and sometimes roleplaying game is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting or through a process of structured decision-making or character development. Actions taken within many games succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines.
  • J.C. Hutchins
    J.C. Hutchins is the pseudonym for American podcast novelist and journalist Chris Hutchins. Hutchins is best known for his 7th Son series.
  • Beowulf: Beyond the Black
    Storium game that takes place in the Traveller RPG universe.
  • Play-by-post role-playing game
    A play-by-post role-playing game game (or sim) is an online text-based role-playing game in which players interact with each other and a predefined environment via text.
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR).
  • Champions
    Champions is a role-playing game published by Hero Games designed to simulate and function in a four-color superhero comic book world.

Hosts

Joseph Aleo
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/josephaleo

Steven Howard
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Brent Morris
Website: http://closetgeekshow.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/closetgeekshow

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