With Karen Archey; Dr. Oron Catts; Melissa Logan (Chicks on Speed); Luke Massella; Aimee Mullins; Keith Murphy; Anicka Yi; and NASA scientist Dr. Josiah P. Zayner
2:00 p.m. – Panel 1
"The Origins Of Life, From The Inside Out"
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Melissa Logan, Luke Massella, Keith Murphy and Dr. Josiah Zayner
3:15 p.m. – Break
3:30 p.m. – Performance: Melissa Logan (Chicks on Speed)
*4:00 p.m. – Panel 2
"Life From The Outside In, The New Second Nature"
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Karen Archey, Dr. Oron Catts, Aimee Mullins and Anicka Yi
The future is now. To most people recent scientific progress reads like a pulp sci-fi novel: a teenager in the UK has managed to clone himself, human bodies merge with implanted computer chips and the military developed a technology to print organic skin for victims of war.
For decades, artist Lynn Hershman Leeson has followed technological and scientific progress and its effects on our lives. For Sunday Sessions she presents an afternoon with artists, musicians and scientists who have firsthand knowledge of innovations in biomedical engineering to explore what their experiences reveal about our possible futures.
In an era of programmable DNA when human organs can be printed and banked, limbs regenerated and new life forms created daily, who will have the power to make decisions that affect us all? Will wealth alone determine who benefits from biological engineering? What will it mean to be human?
Enhancement or extinction? To Hershman Leeson there is still a choice.