Interdisciplinary Conference


in Art & Science

27-29 September 2023, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta

Germline Bioporn: Genetically Modified Transgenic Humans as Hot Mess Eros
Event Hours: 27/09/2023 (14:15)
Location: Conference Room [C]
Adam Zaretsky
Keywords: Genetically modified humans, hot mess, desire, splatter punk, stillborn, mutagenic, enhanced, human germline, assisted reproductive technology, bioporn, Science technology studies, bioart, transgenic mouse production facility, modify, mutate, mate, alt-hu

Genetically modified humans are a hot mess of desire: splatterpunk, stillborn, mutagenic and enhanced through libido. Without medical subterfuge, altering the human germline during assisted reproductive technology applications represents a wide array of biological pornography (bioporn). Understanding the body as a non-speculative design project includes an overview of the desire to modify, mutate and mate with alt-human versions of our species. The bioethics of genetically modified baby production is read through a process art exploration of niche porn genres. Covering everything from breeder fetishism to animal research torture porn to reprograming artificial wombs to fantasy baby mill factories, bioporn analysis involves the scent of the taint of libido in all things germline genetic modification from in-vitro fertilization to mutant transgenic surrogacy through to parenting/cross breeding your novel variants. Without the public relations firms who represent the staid aura of 'angel' investors, Biolust in the Dust rumples the ironed out cerebral version of big science bioethics, allowing for the scent of the taint of libido to inform the magnetic erotism of: gonad, ovum, sperm, zygote, blastula, embryo, fertilization, IVF, mutation, implantation, interspecies, assisted reproductive technologies, breeding/surrogacy, pregnancy, birth, medical, nursery and animal experimentation. The sculpting of congenital anatomy is a form of sexual attraction, so BioLust in the Dust interpolates eros, phantasm, orgasm and desire as inserted into the human germline.

Adam Zaretsky

Adam 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). 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. The work presented at TTT Malta was developed while a Researcher @ Hub of Art Laboratories (HAL), of the Department of Audio & Visual Arts (AVArts), Ionian University, Greece.


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