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Exhibit by Hunter O'Reilly and Electric Eye Neon
Wearing lab coats and radiation detections badges viewers become a part of the exhibit.
Photo of the exhibition at the Walker's Point Center for the Arts, April 20-June 2, 2001.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Porter Butts Gallery, January 24 - February 23, 2003
University of Michigan Warren Robbins Gallery, Sept. 3 - 26, 2002
Walker's Point Center for the Arts, April 20-June 2, 2001
The System Forgets Scientists Are
Only Human, 2001-2002
Madonna con Clon
Radioactive Biohazard is a controversial art installation by Hunter O’Reilly, artist and geneticist. Radioactive Biohazard reinterprets science as art, through imagery drawn from and inspired by her extensive experience in biotechnology. O'Reilly confronts issues related to human cloning, stem cell research, the big brother aspect of the human genome project, DNA testing in criminology and the potential to create the genetic children of gay and lesbian couples.
The radioactive and biohazard symbols have become icons in the media seen anywhere
from laboratories in news reports to bumper stickers and t-shirts. Some have used
these symbols to emphasize the pitfalls of biotechnology. In the Radioactive Biohazard
exhibit, these symbols are used to emphasize the benefits of biotechnology with a
consideration for both sides of the issues.
Exhibit Tour at Walker's Point Center for the Arts
Media Coverage of Radioactive Biohazard
John Carlos Cantu,
"Joining art, science: Geneticist's work, on display at Robbins Gallery, explores
ethics," Ann Arbor News, September 14, 2002.
"Behold: 'Ebola Is Beautiful'," Wired News (Wired.com), August 19,
Bill Robbins, "Art and Science," Kenosha News, March 6, 2002.
Radioactive Biohazard: Reinterpreting Biotechnology as Art
is sponsored by the
University of Michigan Life Sciences, Values and Society Program
Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan
The Department of Human Genetics at the University of Michigan
Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Artist Series, School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan
The Science, Technology & Society Program at the University of Michigan
The Genetics and Public Health Program, School of Public Health at the University of Michigan
Gifts of Art, University of Michigan Heath System
Program in Culture, Health and Medicine at the University of Michigan
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan
The Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program (WISE-RP) at the University of Michigan
Health Science Scholars Program at the University of Michigan
Students Exploring the Life Sciences and Society at the University of Michigan
The Puffin Foundation
The first organization to provide support for the Radioactive Biohazard exhibit.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Cultures and Communities Program
Many supplies for the laboratory installation were generously donated by
Dr. Phil Kneisel at Fisher Scientific.
Dr. Brian P. Walsh, President of Fotodyne, kindly loaned a
UV transilluminator and electrophoresis equipment for the laboratory installation.
of Michigan Warren Robbins Gallery
The Radioactive Biohazard exhibit will be shown at the Warren Robbins Gallery, September 3 - 26, 2002.
of Wisconsin-Madison Porter Butts Gallery
The Radioactive Biohazard exhibit will be shown at the Porter Butts Gallery, January 24 - February 25, 2003.
Walker's Point Center for
the Arts (WPCA)
The Radioactive Biohazard exhibit premiered at the WPCA, April 20 - June 2, 2001.
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