Virtual Ars Electronica at C3
September 4 – 9, 1999


A project of ENCART (European Network of Cyber Arts)

Ars Electronica Center, Linz
C3 Kulturális és Kommunikációs Központ, Budapest
V2_Lab, Rotterdam

The LifeScience Symposium turns attention to the new potential for dispute and the emerging zones of conflict at the interface of technology and society, focusing on the current scenarios of science and business revolving around the gene.The question "Will the Digital Revolution be followed by a Biological Revolution?" is the point of departure for theoretical and artistic elaborations. In a series of speeches and discussions, prominent experts will confront a set of highly controversial views on the complex of issues related to life science.

The LifeScience Symposium discussion will focus on:
- Ideology and Science - Biological Determinism
- Industrial Processing of Life
- Biobusiness - Patented Life as a Guarantee of Total Marketing?
- Agrobusiness - Genetically Modified Foods
- Pharmabusiness - Medicine
- Genetic Fingerprint - The Visible Man
- How Science is Done and Promulgated and the Critique of Science

Programs in Linz:

Sunday, 5 September 1999

10.00 - 10.15.
Introduction: Gerfried Stocker

10.15 - 10.45
Daniel J. Kevles /USA
Science historian, Professor of the Humanities at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Head of the Caltech's program in Science, Ethics and Publicity Policy (SEPP). The SEPP issues include biotechnology, genetics, eugenics, weapon research and arms control, the environment and scientific misconduct, among others.

10.45 - 11.00

11.00 - 11.30
Robert P. Lanza /USA
Senior Director of Tissue Engineering and Transplant Medicine at Advanced Cell Technology, Inc.

11.30 - 11.45

11. 45 - 12.00

12.00 - 13.00
Klaus Amman /CH
Head of the Bern University Botanical Garden and Member of the Eidgenössische Fachkomission für Biologische Sicherheit.

Dean H. Hammer /USA
Chief of the Section on Gene Structure and Regulation at the Laboratory of Biochemistry of the National Cancer Institutes Laboratory of Biochemistry. Co-author of "Living with our Genes".

Zhangliang Chen /PRCH
Biologist, Vice President of Peking University, Director of the National Laboratory of Protein Engineering and Plant Genetic Engineering.

13.30 - 14.30
Interviews with the participants, experts, videoconference with V2 Rotterdam, C3 Budapest, questions and answers between the locations.

15.00 - 15.30
Kari Stefansson /ISL
President and CEO of deCode Genetics in Reykjavik, Iceland. deCode Genetics is a genomics company that searches for disease genes in the Icelandic population.

15.30 - 15.45

15.45 - 16.15
Lori B. Andrews /USA
Professor of law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology at Illinois Institute of Technology. She has served on advisory committees to various health organisations. The National Law Journal named her as one of The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. Her latest book, the Clone Age: Adventures in the New Reproductive Technologies.

16.15 - 16.30

16.30 - 16.45

16.45 - 17.45
Jeremy Rifkin /USA
Author of 14 books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, workforce, society and the environment. His latest bestseller "The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World". He is founder and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington D.C.

17.45 - 18.00

Monday, 6 September 1999

10.00 - 10.30
Dorothy Nelkin /USA
Holds a University Professorship at New York University affiliated with the Department of Sociology and the School of Law. Member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. She is the author of "Selling Science: How the Press covers Science and Technology" and co-author (with Susan Lindee) "The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon".

10.30 - 10.45

10.45 - 11.15
Bruno Latour / F
One of the most influential contemporary sociologists of science, a key figure in interdisciplinary scholarship. His books include "The Pasteurization of France", "The Love of Technology" and "We Have Never Been Modern".

11.15 - 11.30

11.30 - 11.45

11.45 - 12.15
R. V. Anuradha /India
A lawyer based in New Delhi, India. She is the member of the environmental action group Kalpavriksh, Pune, India and an associate with the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD), London. Special area of interest is: law relating to biological diversity, with specific focus on issues of access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing.

12.15 - 12.30

12.30 - 13.00
Herbert Gottweis /A
A University Professor at the department of Political Science at the University of Vienna. He has published numerous writings on the subject of politics and biotechnology, including "Governing Molecules. The Discursive Politics of Genetic Engineering in Europe and in the United States".

13.30 – 14.30
Interviews with the participants, experts, videoconference with V2 Rotterdam, C3 Budapest, questions and answers between the locations.

15.00 - 15.30
Eduardo Kac /USA
Artist, who investigates the philosophical and political dimensions of communications processes. He is a Ph.D. research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Interactive Arts (CAiiA) at the University of Wales, New Port (U.K). Assistant professor of Art and Technology at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

15.30 - 15.45

15.45 - 16.15
Gunther von Hagens /D
He studied Medicine, developed a unique Technique of Tissue Reservation called "Plastination" in the early 70s at the University of Heidelberg.

16.45 – 18.00
Lecture by George Gessert / Charles T. Mudede / Birgit Richard

16.15 - 16.30


16.45 - 18.00
George Gessert /USA
He has been breeding plants since the late 70s. Beginning in the 1980s he has exhibited installations of hybrids, and documentation of breeding projects. His exhibits appeared in many galleries and museums including the Smithsonian Institution. He has published several essays on the overlap between art and genetics.

Charles Tonderai Mudede /ZW/USA
Teaches literature and creative writing for Seattle Arts and Lecture and Pacific Lutheran University. He contributes a column on film and book criticism and essays on contemporary culture to the alternative weekly called "The Stranger".

Birgit Richard /D
Professor for the New Media at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main (Institute for Art Pedagogy). She is Member of the scholarly staff in the Department of Art and Design of the University of Essen. Fields of specialization: new media, aesthetics of everyday life (in particular contemporary youth culture), life and death of artificially-generated forms of life.

Tuesday, 7 September 1999

10:05 - 14:00
Live Science

14:05 - 15:00

15:05 - 16:00
RTMARK / AEC Presentation

16:05 - 16:30
TNC Network

16:35 - 17:30

17:35 - 18:00

Wednesday, 8 September 1999

10:00 - 14:00
ENCART / remote presentations from alle ENCART locations

10:00 - 10:30
Presentation V2_Lab

10:30 - 11:00
Presentation C3 Lab

11:00 - 11:30
Presentation AEC- Future Lab/ Telezone

11:30 - 12:00
Projektpresentation from C3

12:00 - 12:30
Projektpresentation from V2

12:30 - 13:00
Projektpresentation from C3

13:00 - 13:30
Projektpresentation from V2

14:35 - 15:00
Eugene Thacker

15:05 - 16:00

16:05 - 16:30

16:05 - 16:30
Olia Lianlina

16:35 - 17:00
Olia Lianlina

17:05 - 17:30
"LinX3D - MaJa, Max Moswitzer"

September 9, 1999

10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
ENCART – open discussion, feed-back circle about MULTICASTING, content transmission via broad-band applications