“His starting points for this site-specific work are the two most common forms of home recreation—books and television. The title of his installation refers to H. G. Wells’ famous novel The Island of Doctor Moreau, in which the archetypal “mad” scientist experiments upon animals in order to give them human traits. In this “Island,” the artist substitutes himself for the doctor, trying to instill a new life into that which was once alive in a different way (books from paper, paper from wood, and wood from trees). Mastrovito imagines that the outside fauna take control of the abandoned house and become its proper inhabitants.”
Here is some new, striking work from Toronto-based artist Brian Donnelly (best known as KAWS). Donnelly’s work acts to settle his own selfish whims, while exploring art and art culture through representational painting.
After being fired from the 1996 film The Island of Dr. Moreau, original director Richard Stanley sneaked onto the set wearing a dog/human hybrid mask and shot scenes as an extra. Because he refused to take the mask off, he was never caught by the producers. Source
“Any modern state with biotechnological advantage in altering the DNA and gene expression of any organisms or an entire population will be the leader of the race. Unlike the Arms Race, or the Space Race, the Biotechnology/GMO Race is even more controversial. The real nasty illegal research is kept off the books and is isolated in secret locations by many governments around the world. Some are made public as a show of power and pride…
Biotechnology may soon have the most profound impact on national security far greater than cybersecurity ever could. According to open news sources:
In 1997, the first genetically modified human baby is born through in vitro fertilization techniques of Jacques Cohen, transplanting cytoplasm and mitochondrial DNA between different human embryos (one man and two women) in the US.
In 2001, it is reported that some 30 genetically engineered healthy babies are born worldwide.
Chinese scientists in 2003 crossed rabbit genes with a human embryo but destroyed them.
In 2008, Nikica Zaninovic of Cornell, successfully introduced GFP (green florescent proteins) from a species of a Jellyfish into human embryos but destroyed them.
In 2009 Professor Li Jianyuan clones human embryos in China with technique of donor cells injected into an egg.
In 2011, China genetically engineered cows to produce human milk.
This year, BGI Shenzhen, China’s largest biotech firm, is collecting 2,000 genomes of the smartest people in the world and hoping to raise the intelligence of their society by at least five percent in the future. Other websites say they are not doing this for reasons they cite as being too difficult. But either way, they are buying up massive amounts of sequencing machinery and genome related industries which will be used to map genomes and potentially screen for more advanced genetic traits in the future…”
We like to think of microbial life as dirty, germy, bad nasty microscopic organisms that cause disease and illness. While it’s true that some microbes are not chiefly beneficial to us, we couldn’t live without the vast majority that ensure we are healthy and well-functioning.
It’s pretty wild to think about all of the different species of microbes and how they specialize on different organisms. Take Dr. Corrie Moreau’s work on ants, for instance: she’s primarily interested in their unique gut microbes, and how those organisms evolved along with their ant hosts over millions of years. In this episode, she shows us how she dissects various parts out of ants in order to do further analysis in the lab.
So, the next time you think of yourself as an individual, give a nod to the billions of microorganisms that help make you, you!