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"Radioactive Biohazard: Dr. Hunter O'Reilly, Ph.D. and Electric Eye Neon"
2001-04-20 until 2001-05-26
Walker's Point Center for the Arts
USA United States of America
Dr. Hunter O'Reilly, an artist and geneticist,
reinterprets science as art in Radioactive
Biohazard. View a laboratory
bench installation displaying actual products of
scientific experiments such as DNA visualized with
UV light, preserved laboratory animals, x-rays and
vials used to store radioactivity. Using found
objects in art takes on a new meaning when those
found objects are radioactive and biohazardous
waste from a molecular biology laboratory. View
digital art of actual cells and embryos arranged by
Dr. O'Reilly, and enhanced with neon by Electric
Eye Neon. View Hunter's oil paintings confronting
topics such as human cloning.
O'Reilly obtained a Ph.D. in genetics from the
University of Wisconsin, Madison and graduated cum
laude from the University of California, Berkeley.
Contemporaries such as Damien Hirst and Eduardo Kac
have provided inspiration for her project
Biotechnology will be a part of our daily lives in
this millennium. From the genetically engineered
foods we eat to the miracle cures through gene
therapy, biotechnology will be as significant to
this century as mechanization was to the last. Yet
biotechnology bewilders and frightens a large
portion of the population. This exhibit will
present the promise and horror of genetics and
biotechnology on a visceral level, cutting through
the technical jargon, and dramatizing
biotechnology, leading to an intuitive
understanding. This exhibit will focus on questions
such as What does it mean to be human, in light of
cloning, eugenics, prenatal genetic counseling and
mutantsNULL Dr. O'Reilly sees human cloning as an
opportunity for mankind rather than a horror. Dr.
O'Reilly supports stem-cell research which has the
potential to use fetal cells to grow new organs.
Find out the facts and make up your own mind.
Experience Radioactive Biohazard.
Dr. O'Reilly received a grant from the Puffin
Foundation for the creation of Radioactive