George Gessert is an artist whose work focuses on the overlap between art and genetics. His exhibits often involve plants he has hybridized or documentation of . George Gessert has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in fine art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. From to the present. George Gessert THEIR SILENCE IS A GIFT Interview by Arjen Mulder The question of beauty is a natural one for breeders of ornamental plants and flowers for.

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In the meantime artists have worked out problems of exhibiting organisms in the biologically hostile environments of traditional galleries and museums, and as a result, it is no longer surprising to see nonhuman creatures on display. Darwin’s sublime by George Geodge Book 1 edition published in in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

One thing I like about plants is that they don’t talk.

Besides Chinese painting, the art that most interested me then — and continues to inform my work with plants — focused on materials. AuthorIntervieweeAuthor of introductionArtist. In any breeding project there are always far more new plants than space to grow them out for more than a little while, so most have to be composted. In that gessegt, plants appear to be anti-sublime. With ornamental plants, the foundation of partnership is mutual survival.

The market is, of course, concerned about profit, not beauty, however we define it. Your email address will not be published. Plants have an entirely different relationship to death than human beings and other animals.

But other approaches to breeding are possible, at least if one sees breeding as an art. I first began breeding flowers in my backyard in Most judges’ handbooks are full of contradictions and transparently false claims about aesthetic values. Bloomsbury, by George Gessert gesssert edition published in in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide.

The beauty of animals is usually explained with a reference to sexual selection — the more beautiful the male or female, either in looks or in geeorge behavior, the greater the chance of gene transference.

I select against ruffling in irises, because it destroys their distinctive form and makes them look like other ruffled flowers: I need to say that the vast majority of small-scale ornamental plant breeders in the United States are not in it for the money. Even as late as the s, shows that included works with live plants were extremely rare. Genetic art has a long and fascinating history that might well inform current discourse about biotechnology.


At this point in history, with the help of Darwin and those who have built on his work, we don’t have to exercise much imagination to see our affinities with animals. Economics dominates the horticultural industry and strongly influences aesthetics, but the underlying problem is consumer culture.

Bioart through evolution: George Gessert

Plants like irises and begonias are proof that that immensity is at least in part benign. However, beauty has always been a concern of mine, especially in plant breeding. What Kac aims for is heightened public awareness of the new social terrain gesxert created by technology. His exhibits often involve plants he has hybridized or documentation of breeding projects.

The question is, what kind of awareness does this serve?

After all, we’re part of it, too. But what is so ridiculous about it? For example, I used to collect Pacifica irises from the gesssert. Dust and light by George Gessert Book 2 editions published in in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Flowers that look like other flowers are much like unwanted horizon lines or faces that emerge from tangled brushstrokes. Help Center Find new research papers in: Still other plants provide other kinds of aesthetic experiences.

Sites and events with object scores, clues, soil projects, weathervanes by George Gessert Book 1 edition beorge in in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. I was terrified, and suddenly, before my eyes, the flowers in the garden melted into a lava-like mass of gessdrt. If so, do wild plants serve us gesserg than cultivated ones, or do they fulfill different needs? If so, in what way do you think it does? He looks at a variety of life forms that humans have helped shape, focusing on plants–the most widely domesticated form of life and the one that has been crucial to his own work as an artist.

Gessert, George Overview. Some of these perceptions are aesthetic and emotional, some intellectual. This is rather surprising, considering that until heorge recently nonhuman organisms were not exhibited in galleries.


And is your bio art meant to fulfill them?

George Gessert — V2_Lab for the Unstable Media

However, I never would have asked them if I had not begun to examine the aesthetic aims of ornamental plant hybridization. One must always be ready for gexsert unexpected, for new life that is just as good or better than what one sought. I paired irises that had characteristics I liked, hoping that whatever was good in the parents would come together in the gesser.

Animals — vertebrates and many invertebrates as well — resemble us in having eyes, mouths, limbs and so forth.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Imagine needing to lure insects when we wanted to have children! By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Geodge Policy.

However, the traumas of the Holocaust and of the eugenics movement are still with us, and I try to remember those wounds when I bring genetic issues into galleries, which after all are spaces that encourage wide-ranging free association, including associations that have nothing directly to do with the work on display.

But the question drew me into considering how complex our relationships are with other species and how other forms of life can sometimes benefit from the human desire for aesthetic pleasure. In your book, you ask: By becoming more aware of those plant communities and where the ones that were favorable to irises could be found, I became more attuned to the part of the United States I live in, more at home. The prospect of death is part of what drives consciousness and makes us the beings we are.

After I had transported pots of irises to the gallery, a heat wave struck, and temperatures climbed into the nineties. Retrieved from ” https: