From Wetware Art to Greenness Studies
Jens Hauser / Germany
University of Copenhagen
After unraveling the terms "life" and "nature", both supposedly non-technological terms, the concepts of "green" and "nature" must also be uncoupled. Research on biomediality has shown that contemporary art forms that use biotechnologies as a starting point highlight - paradoxically - both their "liveliness" and their authenticity, on the one hand, and their explicit technique and artificiality, on the other. . We find a similar problem with the culturally ubiquitous trope of the greenery: Liveliness and greenness are linked through "biofacticity," the idea of biological artifacts that both grow and are, in fact, technically built from the ground up.