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dc.contributorHigh, Kathryn
dc.contributorCentury, Michael
dc.contributorStaniszewski, Mary Anne
dc.contributorFortun, Michael
dc.contributor.authorDewey-Hagborg, Heather
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-03T09:25:00Z
dc.date.available2021-11-03T09:25:00Z
dc.date.created2021-07-08T15:41:07Z
dc.date.issued2016-08
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.13015/2680
dc.descriptionAugust 2016
dc.descriptionSchool of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
dc.description.abstractAlong the way I have interwoven a narrative describing my own artistic practice and a body of work that attempts to reveal and to problematize the often obscure and naturalized practices characterizing these sites. I designate the term “parrhesiastic biopolitically engaged art,” or simply “biopolitical art,” to describe a practice which refuses the epistemic authority of biopower, and I use this framework to evaluate several historical examples as well as my own work.
dc.description.abstractFinally, I conclude with the proposition that art can utilize techniques of public amateurism, critical engineering, and speculative design to pose a subversive epistemic challenge to the biopolitical status quo.
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation is a tour through a series of biopolitical sites where the production of power and knowledge of and about bodies is viewed through a molecular lens. Biopolitics, as described by Michel Foucault, combines the surveillance, normalization and classification of individuals with a view of bodies as instances of a species and constituents of a population, which is governed so as to encourage health and productivity as defined by the truth discourses of biology and public health.
dc.description.abstractFraming DNA as a mode of translation from and ascription to the body it is extracted from, I examine the ways in which DNA data is used as a form of visibility, to segment, categorize, and ultimately to mitigate social, economic, and political uncertainty through the production of knowable populations. This dissertation is primarily concerned with subjectification in what has been termed the “postgenomic” era, the time since the sequencing of the human genome. The particular nexus I aim to investigate, in my artistic and scholarly work, concerns surveillance, forensics, race, and social justice in relation to human genomics today.
dc.language.isoENG
dc.publisherRensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
dc.relation.ispartofRensselaer Theses and Dissertations Online Collection
dc.subjectElectronic arts
dc.titlePostgenomic identity : art and biopolitics
dc.typeElectronic thesis
dc.typeThesis
dc.digitool.pid180537
dc.digitool.pid180538
dc.digitool.pid180539
dc.rights.holderThis electronic version is a licensed copy owned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Copyright of original work retained by author.
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.relation.departmentDept. of the Arts


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