Title: DIY HYBRID DNA ISOLATION: How to Extract DNA from Anything Living
Speaker(s): Adam Zaretsky, Marist College, NY, USA
Date & Time: 19/05/2016 19:00-20:30
Location: Goussis Building, Former Asylum / AVARTS Areteos, Room 3, Former Asylum
A Skill-Share Lab
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is found in all living cells. These cells can be of plant, animal, fungal, bacterial and protozoal sources. Even some viruses have DNA in them. Many varieties of samples can be taken from various food, pets, pests, human bodies, laboratories and free or not so free living portions of the outdoors. Some recently alive ‘materials’ that you think might not have DNA are worth testing through extraction. Different cellular or multicellular organisms can be encouraged to grow by giving them food and an otherwise sterile and comfortable place to live. Please bring some samples to lab.
Adam Zaretsky, Ph.D. is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs based on topics such as: foreign species invasion (pure/impure), radical food science (edible/inedible), jazz bioinformatics (code/flesh), tissue culture (undead/semi-alive), transgenic design issues (traits/desires), interactive ethology (person/machine/non-human) and physiology (performance/stress). A former researcher at the MIT department of biology, for the past decade Zaretsky has been teaching an experimental bioart class called VivoArts at: San Francisco State University (SFSU), SymbioticA (UWA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), University of Leiden’s The Arts and Genomic Centre (TAGC), and with the Waag Society. Last year he taught DIY-IGM (Do It Yourself Inherited Genetic Modification of the Human Genome) at Carnegie Mellon (CMU) and New York University (NYU). He also runs a public life arts school: VASTAL (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.) His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Media Arts in the School of Communication and the Arts at Marist College and resides in Woodstock, New York.