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BPLTC I: Cellular Control

24 Sep 2015 – 14 Oct 2015

Eastern Bloc

Montreal
Québec, Canada

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Eastern Bloc introduces the first segment of our 2015-2016 three-part cycle of exhibitions and activities, BPLTC, on the general theme of biopolitics.

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This cycle is divided into three segments: Cellular Control, Identity Control and Food Control. The development of computer and digital technologies enables important command of human activities, responding to major financial, corporate and political interests, sometimes for better. Advances in research and its technical applications raise complex issues that are central to communities, and are located at the heart of current political challenges. Many new media and digital contemporary artists are now incorporating theses questions into their work.

Cellular control examines the theme of cellular control and how human beings tend to take over creative and (re)productive activities supposed to be exclusive to natural organisms. These control activities, often controversial and accused of anti- or non-natural practices, explore the scientific, biological and genetic manipulations, which, in the digital age, are greatly facilitated by knowledge in these various fields of research, but also by technological tools. Cellular control experiments and genetic manipulation are now commonplace, so much so that we rarely pay attention to them. Yet, they deserve our attention because they deal with highly sensitive issues at the heart of investigations launched many years ago.

This cycle is divided into three segments: Cellular Control, Identity Control and Food Control.

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