PlantBot Genetics artists to visit SRU Oct. 19

Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki

Oct. 14, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, PA - Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki, Canadian and American artists and co-founders of PlantBot Genetics, will give a presentation on PlantBot Genetics at 4 p.m., Oct. 19, in Room 130 of Slippery Rock University's Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

PlantBot Genetics is a venture between Schmuki and DesChene where they couple interdisciplinary art practices with current scientific knowledge on the environmental and social costs of bioengineered crops. The two take on roles as engineers/scientists and CEO's of PlantBot Genetics to take a jab at trends in food science, in particular, genetic modification of plants and the corporatization and monopolizing of agriculture by the fictitious biotech company Monsanto.

Using genetically altered seeds, DesChene and Schmuki graft plants onto robotic and remote controlled bases to become an organism with no clear heritage and no clear future.

Our intent is, "to create organisms with no clear heritage and no clear future. Our bizarre creations emphasize the ridiculousness of actual biotech products through corporate graphics, product descriptions and marketing techniques," Schmuki said.

PlantBot Genetics aims to foster ecological discussion and action.

A moth projections project event will be offered on buildings in the Quad after dusk, said Heather Hertel, SRU assistant professor of art.

SRU's art department, art society and the department of geology, geography and the environment are sponsoring the program.


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