1. diysect.com/genocracy

    Episode 4 Genocracy focuses on the recent advancements of genetic technologies as well as the socio-political and cultural implications that follow. The private company 23andMe offers a low cost, genetic testing product that markets itself as empowering the individual with his/her genetic data, even though they initially neglected to announce that they were actually reselling people’s genetic data to pharmaceutical companies. On the other hand, the Personal Genome Project sets a better example by offering a platform where an individual can donate their genetic and environmental data to a public domain, with full acknowledgment of the privacy risks. Artists Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Paul Vanouse also create projects that investigate the notion of genetic determinism that surrounds the language of genetics. The works of these artists (Stranger Visions and Latent Figure Protocol, respectively) challenge the validity, authority, and security of genetic profiling technologies.

    Interviewees:
    Jason Bobe
    George Church
    Marcy Darnovsky
    Heather Dewey-Hagborg
    Paul Vanouse

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  2. diysect.com/learninginpublic

    "Learning in Public" is the first of seven episodes in the DIYSECT web-series. It features several community biolabs across the U.S. and Canada, and well as tactical performance artists from Critical Art Ensemble and subRosa. The subjects' works, motivations, and practices all have a central theme in common: the notion of public amateurism -- embracing hacker ethic, open experimentation, and learning together.

    Shortlisted at The Biofiction Film Festival

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  3. Episode 2: Bioterror & Bioerror focuses on the FBI bioterrorism case against artist Steve Kurtz as well as the FBI’s present relationship with the DIYBio community. The episode also tries to analyze society’s paranoia on germ warfare, the media exaggerations that fuel it, and the myths and truths about the DIYBio community’s potential to create a pathogen.

    Key words: FBI involvement, DIYBio regulatory environment, public fear & paranoia, bio-terrorism, media play on fear, media exaggerations, myths, debunking myths, biosafety

    "Bioterror & Bioerror" features:

    Jason Bobe (co-founder of DIYBio)
    Ellen Jorgensen (co-founder of Genspace community lab)
    Todd Kuiken (Synbio Project)
    Steve Kurtz (Critical Art Ensemble)
    Claire Pentecost (Artist)
    Rich Pell (Director of the Center for PostNatural History)
    Michael Scroggins (writer & anthropologist)
    Paul Vanouse (Artist)

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  4. The third episode of the DIYSECT web-series highlights discussions surrounding the emerging field of transgenics, and the artist and scientists who are provoking them. Synthetic Biology is making its way into the consumer market, evidenced by the Kickstarter-funded Glowing Plants project. This has created a backlash with technology watchdog groups like the ETC, who fear its release will have damaging effects on the environment. The episode also features artist Adam Zaretsky who uses performance to push the boundaries on what is commonly perceived as frightening and disgusting to the public in biotechnological advancements. His work takes advantage of its controversial nature to propel a wider discussion on what is ethical in the field of synthetic biology. The episode also looks at the public’s relationship with genetically modified organisms, and how corporate manipulation has created general mistrust in the public sphere.

    Fear of the Unknown features:
    Rob Carlson (Author of "Biology is Technology")
    Omri Drory-Amirov (Founder of Genome Compiler)
    Antony Evans (Glowing Plants)
    Andrew Hessel (Distinguished Researcher at Autodesk)
    Derek Jacoby (Founder of Victoria's Biospace)
    Richard Pell (Director of the Center for PostNatural History)
    Claire Pentecost (artist & writer)
    Michael Scroggins (writer & anthropologist)
    Kyle Taylor (Glowing Plants)
    Adam Zaretsky (artist, VivoArts School for Transgenic Aesthetics, Ltd.)

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