Distorted Conversations: On and Offline Explorations of Genomic Art (2006)

I am interested in exploring methods of reducing facilitator artist privilege through online discourse. The purpose of this piece is to provide visitors with an opportunity to anonymously share their hopes and concerns about pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) by participating in online conversations contained on a blog website. These conversations are then used in a second offline installation to spark dialogue and debate amongst observers. This project pushes the metaphor of ethical determinism while exposing key concepts such as normalization, genetic determinism, and individual autonomy. Conversations ultimately mimic the actual processes of PGD and every aspect of both the online and offline portions of the piece are controlled by and manipulated through PGD- type technology. For more information on this project please see my section in the upcoming book "Artistic Bedfellows". (Forthcoming). Editors: Holly Crawford and Lillian Fellmann. Published by Roman and Littlefield. Or Longstaff, Holly. (2006). Distorted Conversations: On and Offline Explorations of Genomic Art. Tenth International Conference on Information Visualization (IV'06). IEEE Computer Society. pp. 677-680. Retrieved on September 29, 2006 from http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/IV.2006.44.

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I am interested in exploring methods of reducing facilitator artist privilege through online discourse. The purpose of this piece is to provide visitors with an opportunity to anonymously share their hopes and concerns about pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) by participating in online conversations contained on a blog website. These conversations are then used in a second offline installation to spark dialogue and debate amongst observers. This project pushes the metaphor of ethical determinism while exposing key concepts such as normalization, genetic determinism, and individual autonomy. Conversations ultimately mimic the actual processes of PGD and every aspect of both the online and offline portions of the piece are controlled by and manipulated through PGD- type technology.

Please visit this link to participate http://genomicart.blogspot.com/

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