Three Largely Unrelated Art Events

by Art Fag City on May 29, 2008 · 3 comments Events

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  • 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.


T.Whid May 29, 2008 at 5:40 pm

Hey Paddy,

The mystery guests are Jenn & Kevin McCoy. Sorry to ruin the surprise.

T.Whid May 29, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Hey Paddy,

The mystery guests are Jenn & Kevin McCoy. Sorry to ruin the surprise.

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