1 | 1/17 | Orienting Ourselves to the Challenge

In Class

Homework

  • reading: William MacAskill – The Case for Longtermism
  • research: artist and designers using biology
    • using Will Meyer’s Biodesign and BioArt books, choose one artist that you find compelling and research their work beyond these texts
    • create 3-slide presentation on this person/group and add your slides to the group presentation
      • slide 1 – show a work that is representative of this artist (from the book or elsewhere)
      • slide 2 – present information/work/context about this artist not included in the book
      • slide 3 – give you own perspective/critique on the work (consider the BDC rubric where appropriate)
    • prepare to give a 5 minute talk to the class
  • research: begin thinking about and researching topics, processes, and/or materials you want to explore for the main projects

2 | 1/24 | Researching Across Disciplines

In Class

Homework

  • research assignment
    • choose a topic of interest to you, related to our class
    • think about potential project topics, but you’re not getting married here, its just for this week
    • use google scholar to find 5-10 papers on this topic
    • skim the papers as described in the lecture
    • find one review paper and one original research paper that aligns with your interest and is most compatible with your comprehension level
    • read the two papers thoroughly and take notes
    • prepare to share a brief summary of the two papers in class
  • read: An Ethic of Care essay by Joan Tronto

3 | 1/31 | Good Times

ethical frameworks for the past, present, and future

In Class

Homework

  • research assignment II – potential non-human collaborators
    • find an organism you might want to collaborate with
    • what interesting things can it do that you can’t?
    • what type of things might you do together?
    • what are challenges to working together?
  • read:

4 | 2/7 | Big Time

geological epochs, human impact, and mutual precarity


5 | 2/14 | Biomaterials

current status from lab to market


6 | 2/21 | Biosecurity

art, war, and other weird things humans do


7 | 2/28 | Bodies

sites of pleasure, violence, control, and meaning


8 | 3/7 | Experimenting


9 | 3/14 | Breaking


10 | 3/21 | Formulating


11 | 3/28 | Accelerating


12 | 4/4 | Executing


13 | 4/11 | Exciting


14 | 4/18 | Refining


15 | 4/25 | Finalizing


16 | 5/2 | Delivering