What if love and kindness could spread like a virus? As part of the University City Science Center’s BioArt Residency, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg created a custom virus able to increase the production of oxytocin, a hormone that induces feelings of love, kindness, and empathy. The project, titled Lovesick, was developed by Dewey-Hagborg in collaboration with research scientists at the University City Science Center and uCity Square-based biotech company Integral Molecular.
“Lovesick plays poetically on the idea of romantic infatuation as a virus, and the process of moving on as building up antibodies. Lovesick examines desire and intimacy in a ubiquitous genomic future where biotechnology is inexpensive and accessible,” says Dewey-Hagborg, who will discuss the project at the February 21 Venture Café Philadelphia Thursday Gathering.
Schedule of Events:
All events are free and open to the public
3:00 – 5:00 Office Hours | Melina Blees | Nanotechnology
Tracy Brala | Venture Café
3:30-4:15 Bio Primer
4:00–5:00 Quick Pitch Rodeo | Steve Bowman
4:45-5:45 “Encoding Expressions: The Interplay Between Art and Science” | Panelists: Angela McQuillan, Mina Zarfsaz, Deirdre Murphy, Tom Charpentier, and Tabb Sullivan | Moderator: Maya Heiland
5:45-6:45 “Lovesick: The Making of a Virus to Promote Love and Kindness” | Heather Dewey-Hagborg & Ben Doranz
6:15-7:45 Startup Demo Showcase in collaboration with Philly New Tech Meetup | Immersive XR, Fleet, BarVision, and RedQueen Gaming