- Much like Steve Kurtz, I’m not happy there’s reason for discussions titled Art in the Age of Terrorism, but the fact that there is means this Eyebeam panel tonight should not to be missed. Panelists Dr. Steven Kurtz, science writer Carl Zimmer, bioethicist George Annas and author Eugene Thacker, will converse on the ethics of scientific and creative research. Background on Steve Kurtz’s struggles with the FBI from the press release:
In May of 2004, Dr. Kurtz was detained by the FBI on suspicion of “bioterrorism” for his possession of scientific materials used in his award-winning art practice. Kurtz, a University at Buffalo professor and founding member of the internationally acclaimed collective Critical Art Ensemble, uses biological materials in educational exhibits and performances designed to inspire debate about political and social issues surrounding the new biotechnologies.
When the “bioterrorism” accusations proved groundless, he was then charged with mail and wire fraud stemming from his acquisition of harmless bacterial cultures for use in one of Critical Art Ensemble’s educational projects-charges which carried a possible sentence of 20 years in jail under the USA PATRIOT Act. Last month, a federal judge dismissed those charges.
- I regret that I won’t be able to attend the event because I will discussing the functionality of artists websites with their owners at the Cue Foundation with Barry Hoggard, Brett Baker and Matthew Deleget. Tickets are still available for purchase for those wishing individual feedback. The full event listing here.
- Next Friday at the New Museum prepare for Net Aesthetics 2.0, (part deux) a panel moderated by curator and critic Ed Halter. Panelists include Petra Cortright, Tom Moody, Tim Whidden, Damon Zucconi, and mystery guests! Sure to be a lively discussion, the Artists will discuss the contemporary internet art practice and its relationship to broader fine arts. This event is organized by Rhizome and is part of their New Silent Series.