Perceptions of Promise

Biotechnology, Society and Art

Edited by Sean Caulfield, Curtis Gillespie, and Timothy Caulfield

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  • Published: July 2011
  • Subject Listing: Art History, Biotechnology
  • Bibliographic information: 98 pp., 47 illus., 30 in color, index, 8 x 10.5 in.
  • Territorial rights: World rights except Canada
  • Distributed for: Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta
  • Contents

The rapid advances currently being made in biomedical research are challenging the ways we view our bodies and the environment. Perceptions of Promise arose from a workshop that brought together internationally recognized artists and biomedical scholars and scientists to explore questions surrounding stem cell research, public perceptions of biotechnology, and the parallels and differences between creative and scientific practices. The book includes artworks created in response to the workshop coupled with articles by participants, offering a compelling glimpse into a unique collaboration between scientists, scholars, and artists in a visually engaging publication.

Sean Caulfield is professor and Canada Research Chair of the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. Curtis Gillespie is the author of four books including the novel Crown Shyness. Timothy Caulfield is research director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. The other contributors are Derek Besant, Paul Cassar, Gail Geller, David Grant, Bernd Hildebrandt, Liz Ingram, Trudo Lemmens, Shona MacDonald, Lianne McTavish, Eric Meslin, Royden Mills, Matthew C. Nisbet, MarileneOliver, Karen H. Rothenberg, Peter Rugg-Gunn, Daniela Schluter, and Clint Wilson.


"There is a general tone of reflection, inquiry, and curiosity at work in this book which, when coupled with handsomely-produced imagery, could make this book particularly appealing to artists and non-artists alike." -Rosemary K. J. Davis, ARLIS/NA Reviews, March/April 2012