"Hormone Hacking - Harvesting Endocrine Disruptors" by Byron Rich, Sponsored by Vollmer Fries


"Hormone Hacking - Harvesting Endocrine Disruptors" by Byron Rich, Sponsored by Vollmer Fries

The Sanctuary for Independent Media/NATURE Lab, 3361 6th Ave., Troy

October 10, 2018 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

In this workshop, artist and professor Byron Rich will lead participants through the design, construction, and use of DIY Solid Phase Extraction tools to extract endocrine disruptors, particularly estrogenic compounds, from liquids. We will explore the complex relationship between human bodies, ecological bodies, industrial farming and our food system, and harvest xenoestrogens from local waterways and foods. By using simple, readily available components such as syringes, cigarette filters, common PVC tubing, and canning equipment, we will construct working a working solid phase extraction system that will expose participants to just how profoundly pervasive xenoestrogens are in our highly globalized and industrialized world, and we will speculate on whether we can use xenoestrogens as a form of biotechnical resistance. 


Bio: Byron Rich is an artist, professor, and lecturer born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His work exploring speculative design, biology futures, and tactical media ecology has been widely shown and spoken about internationally. He was the recent recipient of an Honorary Mention from Ars Electronica (2017), and runner-up at the Bio-Art & Design Awards in 2016. He pursued a BFA in New-Media from The University of Calgary before finding himself in Buffalo, New York where he received an MFA in Emerging Practices at The University at Buffalo. He teaches Electronic Art & Intermedia at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

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