SXSW 2024

Body Politics and the Artist's Role in Bio-Divergence


In this panel, we explore the audacious intersection of technology, body politics, and the human drive to redefine biological destinies. As bio-modification becomes democratized, the average individual now possesses the power to hack their own biology. We examine critical developments in biohacking, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), DIY gene editing, and particularly, the reimagining of womb carrying via surrogacy and IVF, along with the emerging realm of trans-species exploration. This new body politic is shifting the narrative of reproductive autonomy and redefining our genomic inheritance.

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  1. Grasp the profound implications of accessible bio-modification technologies on the reshaping of our body politics and personal identities.
  2. Engage with innovative artists who are personally using these technologies, blurring the lines between scientific exploration and artistic expression.
  3. Envision a future where we are not predetermined by our genetics, but a mutable landscape, redefining concepts of reproductive autonomy & potential.



Jiabao Li, Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Culture
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced

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