[rohrpost] Lecture Evening on Art and Genetic Engineering "The Infinity Engine" by Lynn Hershman Leeson, ZKM, 27.02.2015

Ingeborg Reichle ingeborg.reichle at kunstgeschichte.de
Die Feb 17 09:46:43 CET 2015

The Infinity Engine by Lynn Hershman Leeson

A Lecture Evening on Art and Genetic Engineering

Friday, 27.02.2015, 6 pm

ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe

Lecture on the topic »art and genetic engineering« with Ingeborg
Reichle, Uwe Strähle and Lynn Hershman Leeson.

In her most recent work »The Infinity Engine« Lynn Hershman Leeson
examines the impact of genetic engineering on human life. The
multimedia installation, in collaboration with the biologist Josiah
Zayner, was developed with reference to natural scientific genetic
laboratories. One of the questions which arises in connection with
photographic and film samples of the most recent achievements in
molecular and cell biology, as well as genetically altered organisms,
is the degree to which human interventions into DNA are ethically
justifiable and what kinds of social, political and social impact
these have. In so far as she develops her work as based on real
research results and draws on state of the art technologies, the North
American media artist presents for discussion cutting-edge knowledge
in the natural sciences within the context of art.

The lecture evening throws light on the »Infinity Engine« from
art-historical, natural scientific and artistic perspectives: Ingeborg
Reichle discusses the various elements of the complex installation
against the background of laboratories in the context of art; Uwe
Strähle examines the innovative work based on the practice of genetic
research; while in the subsequent discussion Lynn Hershman Leeson
explains the concept and realization of the work in greater detail.

Lecture languages are German and English.

Contributors: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ingeborg Reichle, Uwe Strähle