"The Body in A Criminal Age" by artist Paul Vanouse

"The Body in A Criminal Age" by artist Paul Vanouse

“The Body in A Criminal Age” by artist Paul Vanouse

Talk/Presentation Monday, 10/21, 7 pm

Radical interdisciplinary artist Paul Vanouse integrates art and science, media and performance, to address scientific constructions of race and identity, and empower audiences to dismantle, critique and debunk forensic DNA “fingerprinting” used as criminal evidence in FBI and police practices. Remember the OJ Simpson case? This talk will creatively counter mass-media dramatizations that typically misinform the public, and provide audiences with the conceptual tools to understand current issues surrounding use of DNA imaging and databasing. Part of the "Bioart in an Industrial Wasteland" project.

 

About the artist:

Paul Vanouse is an artist working in Emerging Media forms.  Radical interdisciplinarity and impassioned amateurism guide his practice. Since the early 1990s his artwork has addressed complex issues raised by varied new techno-sciences using these very techno-sciences as a medium.  His artworks have included data collection devices that examine the ramifications of polling and categorization, genetic experiments that undermine scientific constructions of race and identity, and temporary organizations that playfully critique institutionalization and corporatization. These "Operational Fictions" are hybrid entities--simultaneously real things and fanciful representations--intended to resonate in the equally hyper-real context of the contemporary electronic landscape.

Co-sponsored by iEAR Presents and the RPI ARTS Department! 

at THE SANCTUARY FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA, 3361 6th Avenue, Troy, NY
Info and directions: 518-272-2390

 

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