You can watch this performance anytime you like!
Click on http://www.superchannel.org
and select the 'Let's Go Global' channel. You'll find a recording
of the performance in the archive.
This ambitious and imaginative project aimed
to give young people in Manchester an opportunity to explore their
own responses to issues surrounding the impact of new advances in
genetics and nanotechnology, and create and tour an original new
piece of visual theatre performance from those responses.
Project Funders: The Wellcome Trust (PULSE
inititiative) and Arts Council England.
Project Partners: Let's go Global Internet
TV, Manchester Museum, Contact, Green Room
Ten research, training and devising sessions at Manchester
Museum were organised, preceded by two recruitment sessions at the
Museum, where interested young people could find out about, and
sign up for, the project. At the end of the ten sessions, an intensive
production week took place at the Green Room, Manchester. A short
tour of the final production was organised. Participating venues
· The Gateway Theatre, Chester
· The Worden Arts Centre, Worden Park, Leyland
· The Met, Bury
"In recent years advocates
of a new eugenic future speak with enthusiasm of a "post-human"
future in which the health, appearance, personality, cognitive ability,
sensory capacity and life-span of our children have all been genetically
modified. They celebrate a world in which humanity has been genetically
engineered into sub-species, the "GenRich" and the "Naturals."
It embraces commitments to science and technology as exempt from
social control. It is imperative that we understand the challenge
that this new ideology represents and prepare ourselves to counter
it by affirming humanity in all its beauty, mystery and wonder."Richard
Hayes - Center for Genetics and Society (http://www.genetics-and-society.org)
"It's easy to imagine that
a man who wishes to enhance his artistic side may instead find himself
getting more in touch with his inner schizophrenic. And who should
be held to account for that? To what degree should medical professionals
be responsible for saving people from their own ill-advised impulses?"
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Nanotechnology deals with material
on the scale of a few billionths of a metre, or 80,000 times smaller
than the width of a human hair. Only small quantities of nanoparticles
are currently produced in Britain. The first production plant dedicated
to making nanoparticles, owned by the defence research company Qinetiq
in Farnborough, Hampshire was switched on last summer and is capable
of producing a few kilos of material an hour. Some nanoparticles
are already widespread in the air we breathe, largely due to the
burning of fossil fuels and vehicle exhaust fumes. In a busy street,
each breath we take contains around 25m nanoparticles.