Identity in the age of synthetic biology | Introducing Sabine Himmelsbach’s talk at Harvard

The groundbreaking developments in the life sciences contributed to the fact that the boundaries between natural and artificial life are dissolving. Today life itself can be artificially shaped. This also brought about a radical change in the understanding of the self, as life has become designable. Genetic engineering developments contribute to an increasing tendency to attribute individualistic characteristics of identity to DNA. The reflections on identity have been added with a biological dimension. Can DNA be seen as a biological essence? 

How are artists addressing biotechnologies as the new frontier of science and our society? How are artists using DNA for their artistic practice? How is artistic practice relating to what science can verify? How do we contain and archive culture with the potential of biological archiving methods?

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