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Gene(sis): Panel Discussion & Lecture Series

Panel Discussion

August 27, 2003; 15 Minutes; Audio

Why do artists care about the human genome? Why should you? The museum's art/science panel and six-part lecture series offer audiences the chance to think critically about the implications of human genomics for anthropology, art history, history, sociology, and philosophy, as well as to hear from a leader in the field of genomics.

In conjunction with
Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics


Roger Brent, Professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, UCSF, and President and Director, The Molecular Sciences Institute, Berkeley
Ignacio Chapela, Assistant Professor of Micrbial Ecology, UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Catherine Wagner, Gene(sis) Artist
Gail Wight, Gene(sis) Artist
Meredith Tromble, Artist and Writer
MODERATOR Iain Boal, Director, Environmental Politics Colloquium, International and Area Studies, UC Berkeley, and History of Consciousness Program, UC Santa Cruz

Do artists and scientists sometimes think alike? How do they see the world . . . create a world? And, does good art require good science? Gene(sis) artists Catherine Wagner and Gail Wight, and Meredith Tromble, who teaches art and genetics, will converse with two leading scientists-Roger Brent, a biologist who is a major force in biotechnology, and Ignacio Chapela, a UC Berkeley ecologist known for his important views about the impact of genetic modification on the environment. The discussion, moderated by historian of science and culture Iain Boal, will explore the intriguing ways in which art and genetics meet, responding to work in the exhibition as well as considering previous attempts by artists to grapple with science and technology.