Post-human affects and the biopolitics of eroticism: Emerging bio-art movements in Taiwan

Hung Han Chen, Pei Ying Lin

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BioArt has become an umbrella term for art practices utilizing biotechnology and living matter. Pioneering BioArt creations Erode the boundaries between science and art, provoking a series of social and cultural debates. BioArtists deprive the pragmatic function of biotechnology and alter life itself. However, BioArt is an art practice strongly tied to the development of biotechnologies and evolving bio-media. The increasing familiarity of biotechnologies enables the creative works to evolve as technologies evolve. This article aims to contextualize the issues presented in the artworks by two artists based in Taiwan, Kuang-Yi Ku and Pei-Ying Lin, who adapted emerging biotechnologies for their artworks. This article attempts to use affect theory as a lens to observe post-biological artworks and suggests that the Autonomy of Affect, the postmodern power after ideology, should play a significant role in their works.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-323
Number of pages7
JournalTechnoetic Arts
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Affect theory
  • Bio-art
  • Bio-ethics
  • Posthuman
  • Transgenic art
  • Visual art

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