Dialogue III: Origins and Futures / Stem Cells: Suzanne Anker & Sabine Flach
Figure 38. Suzanne Anker, Buddha Baby, from Origins and Futures, 2005 (detail). Rapid prototype sculpture of plaster and resin, stainless steel, pyrite minerals. 96 x 96 in (244 x 244 cm). Installation view of Golden Boy at Universal Concepts Unlimited, New York City. Photograph by D. James Dee. ← 106 | 107 → ← 107 | 108 → ← 108 | 109 →
SUZANNE ANKER & SABINE FLACH
Sabine Flach: What relationship do you think exists between the biological sciences and the physical ones? During the 20th century, physics in particular, was the reigning paradigmatic science. In the 21st century, it is biology. How do you account for that shift?
Suzanne Anker: During the 20th century, biology was considered a “soft” science since it did not conform in exact ways to the underlying mathematical absolutism of space and time, gravity, relativity theory and the like. However, metaphors inherent in the physical sciences dominated the first half of the 20th century as in the art movements of Impressionism, Cubism, and Futurism, among others. These artistic developments incorporated uncertainty and flux influencing our perception and understanding of the physical world. Furthermore, highlighted by the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895, an invisible interior world was visualized for the first time, as this imaging device could render the body transparent.
With Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953, the image of the iconic atom was displaced by the double helix. Furthermore it was...
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