HONORS 177: Biotech & Art

Seminar course designed and taught by Victoria Vesna for UCLA Honors students.

Bioartists use cells, DNA molecules, proteins, and living tissues to bring to life ethical, social, and aesthetic issues of sciences. This course
will study how bioart blurs distinctions between science and art through the combination of artistic and scientific processes, creating wide
public debate. Together we explore the history of biotechnology as well as social implications of this science and beyond.

The course goal is to introduce students to new sciences that influence the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the environment we reside in.
Students are challenged to think outside the box, explore divergent and convergent thinking, and seek out knowledge and inspiration from
ideas that drive nano and biotech while encouraging peer collaboration and theory to practice translation.