Workshop

NYC DNA Barcoding Project

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Workshop with Ellen D. Jorgensen, Ph. D
Free and open to all SVA students, faculty and staff.
*limited availability

Artists raise questions that scientists often fail to think about. What are the consequences of the ease with which we now can read and write the very code of life? Should we encourage open-access biotechnology?

We will explore different aspects of the interface of art and DNA-based science, including working with DNA, genomic information and genetically-engineered organisms as materials, experiencing the processes used for reading the code of life and tinkering with it to literally grow your own creations. Individual and team projects that alter and incorporate living organisms and their data will be developed and showcased at the end of the semester. Students will venture out into the city to collect samples and bring them back to the lab to process and analyze. The workshops will be an exploration in the materials and processes of Do-It-Yourself biotechnology.

Bio-materials: A Sampler

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Bio Art workshop with Oliver Medvedik, Ph.D.
Free and open to all SVA students, faculty and staff.
*Limited availability

This very hands-on and team-based workshop will introduce the student to novel biological materials isolated from organisms that will be used in the design and building of bioluminescent and fluorescent displays and the fabrication of grown structures. We will be working with both genetically engineered and naturally occurring organisms. We will learn the basic techniques of genetic engineering and will modify bacteria to induce fluorescent and bioluminescent protein and pigment production. Participants will also learn proper sterile techniques in growing bacterial and fungal cultures. The products of our living cultures will be used as part of a class project to design and build bio-fluorescent displays along with rigid scaffolding produced by fungal mycelia and flexible surfaces produced by cellulose secreting bacteria.