Tactical Biopolitics: Nature /Culture/Power
UNSW Environmental Humanities will be offering a new course in Semester 1 2013 called Tactical Biopolitics : Nature /Culture/Power.
‘Tactical Biopolitics’ is a creative misappropriation of terms by bioartists who use living matter to grow works of art. Drawing on the traditions of ‘tactical media’, which combines cheap devices and diverse apparatuses with a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ethos, these artists are tinkering with technoscience and making surprising ecological interventions.
Rather than just dwell on problems from the past, students will be expected to imagine novel solutions to persistent environmental problems. This course will offer a toolkit of biopolitical tactics for environmental remediation and ecological restoration programs of the future. Art will serve as a companion and catalyst practice for working through issues in this course. Participants will learn how to become bioartists: to grow their own artworks using living media.
Further information is available online: UNSW Handbook
Imae: Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa by foobert, on Flickr http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4053/4464681246_7d7f6bac65.jpg