Monday June14 5:30pm

Ick: what is bioart? An overview of the biological projects of the Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) and review of the relationship of biological art practices to more traditional scientific and bioethics research. This discussion will focus on the larger value of bio art to the research community and the politics of knowledge that surrounds these practices focusing on the risk posed to the entire research community with the potential indictment tomorrow of Steve Kutze and colleagues.

Francis Fukyama, will be discussant. Dr. Fukuyama is a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, and author of Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution.

There is an blog for any questions or issues one who would like to raise questions. This is hosted as part of an National Science Foundation NSF sponsored event for training science graduate students in science and society. See :

If you are in Washington please join us
Tabard Inn
1736 N street
close to Dupont circle

Tuesday June15th: We will do a goose event to review and discuss the hearing. Press release follows. Contact: Natalie Jeremijenko, UCSD


Birds protest criminalization of dissent under PATRIOT Act

Robotic and biological birds join together for sunset cocktail hour at 7pm, June 15 on the Tidal Basin across from the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, review grand jury hearing.

Robotic and biological birds will jointly host a formal cocktail hour on the Tidal Basin across from the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. Guests will include PhD science students from Arizona State University, participating in a science and society seminar sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s IGERT Program, faculty from ASU and University of California, San Diego, as well select waterfowl. The event will demonstrate an animal-human interface design featuring interspecies communication devices in the form of robotic geese, which will be released into the tidal basin to confer with their organic brethren.

June 15 Grand Jury

The event coincides with the grand jury hearing for artist Steve Kurtz, who along with eight other artists and academics faces unknown charges for possessing common biological research material . In the words of the PATRIOT Act are illegal if the are not used in “bona fide research, or other peaceful purpose”. Kurtz was using the biological agents in question for his “Frankenfoods” project, in which he tested common food products to determine whether they contained genetically modified organisms. The goal of the project was to draw attention to the ubiquity of GMOs throughout the food chain and to encourage concerned citizens to participate in a democratic dialogue assessing the risks and health concerns which arise when a largely untested technology is ingested by the majority of the population.

As of press time, Kurtz, founding member of the Critical Art Ensemble, Adele Henderson, Chair of the Art Department at UB; Andrew Johnson, Professor of Art at UB; Paul Vanouse, Professor of Art at UB; Beatriz da Costa, Professor of Art at UCI and member of the CAE; Steven Barnes, FSU and CAE member; and Dorian Burr and Beverly Schlee, also of the Critical Art Ensemble, have been issued subpoenas to appear before a grand jury on Tuesday June 15 in the

Wilderness Adventure for the Palette

The ducks, herons and geese are hosting this event with a selection of delicious hors d’oeurves. The food served is from a menu designed to be nutritious and delicious to both humans and birds. A wilderness adventure for the human palette, we cannot guarantee the absence of gmos, but this food encourages sharing and reminds us that we are codependent on the same ecosystems. It is their hope that this communal meal will draw attention to what both humans and animals stand to lose when our federal government criminalizes and intimdates concerned artists and scientists, and academics.