DUST presents BioPunk Art, an exciting science fiction short film directed by Dresden Pictures. The short you want more follow a group of people trying to survive in a devastated London in 2054 as unjust merchants. They live in a world where the hacking of genes has become bad, billions of people have been killed and others have mutated.
The biopunk movement, to many, is a small intellectual and cultural movement with a growing number of scientists, artists, cultural critics and fans of science fiction that are organized to inform the public of the use and misuse of information genomics produced by bioinformatics. Based on an alleged parallel between the genetic code and computer code, science journalist Annalee Newitz pleaded for an open supply of genomic databases and said: “our genetic data are free!” Is the battle cry of biopunk? “Biological innovation for an open society is an example of open source biotechnology initiative to apply open licenses for organic innovation.
Eduardo Kac, a self-proclaimed ‘transgenic artist’, uses biotechnology and genetics to create works that use and criticize scientific techniques. In one of his works, Alba, Kac worked with a French laboratory to obtain a green fluorescent, rabbit implanted with a green fluorescent protein gene of a kind jellyfish, so that the rabbit could be under fluorescent green UV light. The members of the Critical Art Ensemble have written books and realized multimedia interventions in this area, including the chairman maker (in vitro fertilization, monitoring eugenics body and liberal) and the cult New Eve. According to them science is the institution of authority in the creation of knowledge and be liable to replace this specific social function of conventional Christianity in the West. The staff of Biotech Hobbyist Magazine has written extensively on this subject.
Biologist, writer of speculative fiction, Meredith L. Patterson is known for her work on the bacteria in the yogurt DIYbio community and is also the author of “Manifesto biopunk” has been submitted to the symposium and genetics of the UCLA Center for Society. “Outlaw biology – Public participation in the era of great bio”. This manifesto is inspired by the “Cypherpunk Manifesto” by Eric Hughes, in which the objectives of the Cypherpunk movement are mentioned. The influence of cypherpunks (a cyberpunk derivative such as the biopunk subculture) on the biopunk community does not stop there; Patterson’s husband and former employee, Len Sassaman, was a contemporary Cypherpunk Hughes. Patterson and Sassaman worked together on various biohacking projects and strongly encouraged the legitimacy of citizen science, both for moral and practical reasons.
The movement has been a political dissident movement since the arrest and prosecution of a number of members for their work with harmless microbes, such as Steve Kurtz-Artivist, accused the political repression of government critics to intimidate artists and others who use their art to criticize society.
Biopunk science fiction is also a subgenre or derivative of cyberpunk fiction that focuses on the unintended consequences of the biotech revolution after the discovery of recombinant DNA. The stories of biopunk research on the struggles of individuals or groups, often the result of human experiences in the context of totalitarian governments and mega-companies that abuse biotechnology as a means of social control and wear. In contrast to cyberpunk, it does not primarily depend on information technology, but on synthetic biology and other biotechnological fields such as genetic manipulation. As in post-cyberpunk fiction, individuals are generally adjusted and improved, not with cyberware, but with genetic manipulation.