Bog Bodies

We’ve discussed preservation before with Egyptian mummies, however, the “bog bodies” are a unique but related case. Their preservation was completely unintentional and a unique occurrence. Located in various countries in Europe such as the UK, Denmark, Ireland, Germany etc, the bodies date back to the Iron Age 800 B.C. to 200 A.D. The bodies [...]

By | April 16th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

The First Emperor’s Legacy

Qin Shihuang, China’s First Emperor, ascended to the throne of the state of Qin in 246 BCE at the age of 13. During his 36 year reign, he defeated the kingdom’s neighbors, completed the Great Wall of China, and united the states in order to form most of modern day China. However, as soon as [...]

By | April 10th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

Facebook #Forever

There seems to be a certain generational divide surrounding technology that becomes evident through nonchalant statements, as well as politicized social works likening social media users to sheep. While this is understandable to a certain extent -- this is a completely new form of social interaction-- there is a sense of exaggeration and eye-rolling that [...]

By | April 3rd, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

The Fantasy Game

Jane is a sentient artificially intelligent network created by Science-Fiction writer Orson Scott Card and first appears officially in his book Speaker for the Dead. She was originally conceived as a computer fantasy game that analyzes the player in Ender’s Game. The game was designed to secretly map out the psyche of the players, providing [...]

By | April 3rd, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

The Ironic Immortality of HeLa Cancer Cells

HeLa are an immortal cell line first discovered in the cervical tumor of an African-American woman, Henrietta Lacks, in 1951. Henrietta was 31 years old and the mother of five children when she passed away, eight months after her diagnosis. While being tested and treated at Johns Hopkins hospital, a physician took a tissue sample [...]

By | March 29th, 2017|Reviews|1 Comment

On Dualism and Descartes

          Rene Descartes was a French philosopher and mathematician who established the idea that the soul exists as something immaterial and non-spatial, distinctly separate from the tangible substance of the body. In his writing, titled Discourse on the Method, he begins by establishing his first method, which would later become the [...]

By | March 29th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

BioArt and Immortality

Bio-Artist Marta De Menezes, has no specific background in biology, but her work explores a unique intersection from the world of science and the world of art. She takes scientific techniques and adapts them to the production of her artwork to try and contribute to the scientific research of the laboratory (Menezes 2007, 225). For [...]

By | March 27th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

Disremembered

Born in Bogota, Columbia in 1958, renowned artist Doris Salcedo completed her BA Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano in 1980 and continued on to earn an MA from New York University in 1984. She then moved back to Colombia and began teaching at the Universidad de Bogotá. Her experiences as a Colombian are extremely [...]

By | March 26th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

R.U.R. and The Uncanny Valley

  R.U.R. is a 1920 science fiction play written by Czech author, Karel Capek. The entire play takes place at the island manufacturing facility of Rossum’s Universal Robots. We are told the story of Old Rossum, who discovered a chemical similar to protoplasm. Rossum set out to create animals, to prove that God was not [...]

By | March 26th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

Cathexis and Lifegames of Immortality

Brandon Joyce wants to see a game that will last the Ages. Cathexis is defined as an intense fixation on an object, idea, or desire. In his writing, Joyce ties together this idea of cathexis in something he refers to as “lifegames,” the practices we engage in on a daily basis to distract ourselves from [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments