Contemporary Art and Life Sciences CRISPR-­Cas9 technology a workshop with Marta De Menezes, Jan. 24-25

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This workshop will address issues pertaining to the uses, ethics, and representations of CRISPR-cas9 genome editing system; and the evolution of bioart as a cultural phenomenon.
The workshop will focus on:
1. Scientific strategies and ethical issues related to the modification of organisms through the most advanced technology;
2. Techniques and biological materials to develop and express complex concepts into art objects.

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 5:00-8:00 pm
Thursday, Jan. 25, 5:00-8:00 pm

Hacklab :
1266 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6K 1L3

This workshop will introduce knowledge, methods and living material from the life sciences to the participants. The class will apply that novel information to the creation of art. Finally, the key concepts, processes and knowledge from the arts will be discussed and related to scientific research. The studio-­‐lab portion of the course will focus on the mastering and understanding of the CRISPR – Cas9 technology and its revolutionary applications. The unparalleled potential of CRISPR ‐ Cas9 for genome editing will be directly assessed as the participants will use the method to make artworks and generate meaning through such a technique. The participants will be expected to complete one small project by the end of the course. In developing and completing these projects, participants will be asked to present their ideas/work to the instructors and fellow participants. As part of the course, participants are expected to document their work/methodology/process by keeping a record of processes, outcomes, and explorations.

During the workshop, we will be using the Bacterial CRISPR and Fluorescent Yeast Combo kit from Odin  and a special kit developed for us in the Lab of Mariana Gomes de Pinho. Please thanks to Mariana’s PhD student Moritz Sorg.

Special thanks to Hacklab for hosting us and to Cultivamos Cultura