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17 MARCH 2016

Milos Rajkovic: Skinner Box Head

"Rajkovic creates animated portraits of anonymous archetypes with deconstructed heads and symbolic components that operate like finely tuned machines. Everything is fair game: a religious figure with alter, candles, and a rotating luxury car; U.S. military figures with weight-lifting Ronald McDonald, skeletons, praying hands, and a flat screen TV playing 24-hour cable news.

The brains of these figures are compromised–sometimes portrayed as dropping into a pool of blood or being picked at by a vulture-like bald eagle–so comprised possibly that they are missing the capacity for human empathy. Are they all portraits of psychopaths perhaps? I'm guessing that Milos' answer might be affirmative—these are the psychopaths who run your government, military, religious and corporate institutions."

(Chris McDonnell, 31 December 2013, Cartoon Brew)

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2013 • animal behaviour • animated portrait • birdbizarre imagerybizarre machines • Burrhus Frederic Skinner • Cartoon Brew • deconstructed heads • facefantastical worlds • finely tuned machines • grotesquehuman head • Milos Rajkovic • miniature machines • mutant science • operant conditioning chamber • physiology • Serbian artist • Skinner box • speculative biology • surreal imaginings

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Simon Perkins
29 JANUARY 2015

The Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini

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1981alien beings • alien writing system • anatomies • art book • bipedal creatures • bizarre games • bizarre imagerybizarre machines • bizarre vehicles • burial customs • Codex Seraphinianus (1981) • colour illustrations • delicate appearance • dining practicesdivergent conceptsencyclopaedia • fantaencyclopedia • fantastical science • fantastical worlds • funereal customs • futuristic machines • hallucinogenic • hand-drawn illustrationillustrated book • illustrated encyclopaedia • imaginary landscapesimaginary worlds • Italian artist • ludic intervention • Luigi Serafini • mutant scienceorganism • pencil illustrations • plant life • psychedelic imagery • senseless machines • speculative architecturespeculative biology • speculative chemistry • speculative physics • strange flowers • surreal landscape • surrealist illustration • weird book • writing system

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Simon Perkins
20 APRIL 2009

Patricia Piccinini: bioscientific practices of manipulation and alteration of living beings

"Most of Piccinini's works are premised on bioscientific practices of manipulation and alteration of living beings, of creating 'new worlds' if 'only' in art. Stem cell research, genetic engineering, cloning, bioelectronics, and technologically mediated ecological restoration and kin formation loom large. Reorienting the arrow of time, both Still Life and Young Family provoke the onto–ethical question of care for the intra– and inter–acting generations that is not asked often enough in technoculture, especially not about its own progenitors and offspring. The important question is not found in the false opposition of nature and technology. Rather what matters is who and what lives and dies, where, when, and how? What is wild, and what quiet? What is the heritage for which technocultural beings are both accountable and indebted? What must the practices of love look like in this tangled wild/quiet country?"

(Donna Haraway)

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abjectAustralian artistbio-ethicsbioelectronics • biomedical ethics • biopolitics • bioscience • biotechnology cloning • cloningcritiqueDonna Haraway • ecological restoration • ethicsgenetic engineeringPatricia Piccininiresponsibilitysciencespeculative biology • stem cell • Still Life with Stem Cells (2002) • technocultureThe Young Family (2002)visceralwomen artists

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Simon Perkins
02 MARCH 2005

Mutant Bodies: Bio-ethical Issues

"'We Are Family' brings a fresh, personal perspective to some of the most difficult bio–ethical issues of our time. Her work explores the changing relationship between what is considered natural and what is artificial, what is 'normal' and 'mutant'. Her works embody our dreams of perfect children and disease–free life, yet always articulate the value of difference and uncertainty. The 'family' portraits are created using a variety of media including videos and sculpture."

(Australian Arts Festival Japan, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003)

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