Nora Vaage

Nora Vaage
Nord University | HIBO · Faculty of Social Sciences​

PhD

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Introduction
Dr. Nora S. Vaage is a philosopher and art historian with an interest in the role of art in society. Her research focuses on artistic and cultural engagements with new technologies and on ethical challenges of using biotechnologies for artistic purposes, the difficult balance between autonomy and engagement, representations of science in art and what it means to produce knowledge within the arts. She is particularly interested in questions of values and knowledge views.
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September 2019 - present
Nord University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Assoc. prof. II in History, Culture and Media, 20 % position
October 2016 - present
Maastricht University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Assistant Professor in Philosophy of Art and Culture
March 2016 - October 2016
University of Bergen
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  • Researcher

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Publications (24)
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The chapter discusses the practices involved in the creation of two artworks, Kynic and In Potēntia, shown in the exhibition Semipermeable(+) in 2013. Both artworks were developed at SymbioticA Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, a permanent artistic research centre based within the School of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Wes...
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Our current “post-truth” era seems to some extent to be a moment of competing realities, where future imaginations are no longer shared within society. Among the many optimistic narratives and imaginaries of progress, growth, control, and rational order manifesting themselves in contemporary society, those of “smart” abound – especially in relation...
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Speculative design is a subsidiary field of critical design practice. It generally involves developing scenarios based on a central object, often a prototype. Because it is concerned with alternative present and future states, many acknowledge the potential of speculative design for raising critical discussion and public engagement on science, tech...
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Within biology and in society, living creatures have long been described using metaphors of machinery and computation: ‘bioengineering’, ‘genes as code’ or ‘biological chassis’. This paper builds on Lakoff and Johnson’s (1980) argument that such language mechanisms shape how we understand the world. I argue that the living machines metaphor builds...
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In recent years, an increasing number of artists are engaging with the biotechnosciences, entering scientific laboratories to create art in vivo. The artists creating these living artworks are often concerned with the material and sensory nature of the bacteria, tissue, plant or animal with which they are working, as well as with the critical poten...
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Exhibition catalogue essay for TodaysArt Festival, Den Hague, discussing philosophical questions of Guy Ben-Ary's neuro-synthesizer artwork CellF.
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Based on preliminary insights from the analyses of data, gathered during the CANDID project consultations, this document presents an overview for self-reflection and the fostering of exchange of knowledge between experts in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT. The document provides initial an...
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This special issue contains a selection of papers presented during the 2014 Bergen meeting, complemented with short perspectives by young PNS-inspired scholars, presented at a mini-symposium “Post-normal times? New thinking about science and policy advice” held on 21 October 2016 in celebration of Silvio Funtowicz' 70th birthday, also in Bergen. In...
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Recent amateur and alternative uses of wet laboratory biology techniques have been called by many names. However, none of the terms currently in use include institutional, entrepreneurial and amateur engagements in biotechnology with non-scientific aims. In this article, the author introduces the more comprehensive concept of fringe biotechnology....
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Book review of the book Inquiring into Human Enhancement: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives (2015), edited by Simone Bateman, Sylvie Allouche, Jean Gayon, Michela Marzano and Jérôme Goffette.
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Over the past decades, both wild and domesticated insect pollinators are in dramatic decline, which puts at stake the existence of species, ecosystem resilience and global food security. Globally, 87 of major food crops depend on animal pollination. Together these account for 35 % of the world food production volume. Pollinator mediated crops are i...
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How may the open-endedness of bioart and speculative design act in communicating the topic of biotechnology, and specific issues within it? The book chapter discusses the Grow Your Own… Life After Nature exhibition (2013-14) at Science Gallery Dublin, which was presented as a “synthetic biology exhibition”. Considering this explicit framing, what c...
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Living artworks created with biotechnology raise a range of ethical questions, some of which are unprecedented, others well known from other contexts. These questions are often discussed within the framework of bioethics, the ethics of the life sciences. The basic concern of institutionalised bioethics is to develop and implement ethical guidelines...
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What do we mean by "images of knowledge"? The term, in our usage, denotes a exible concept that can accommodate a variety of objects, approaches and processes, but that has a gravitational pull sufficient to secure its integrity. This introduction chapter discusses the connection between images and knowledge, and how the various chapters of the boo...
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The authors consider the relationship between knowledge and image, though multi-faceted, to be one of reciprocal dependence. But how do images carry and convey knowledge? The ambiguities of images means that interpretations do not necessarily follow the intention of the image producers. Through an array of different cases, the chapters critically r...
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div> At least since C.P. Snow’s seminal Rede lecture The Two Cultures, the idea of a significant difference in kind between the natural sciences and the arts and humanities has been prevalent in Western culture. A gap has been perceived to exist not only in methodology and theory, but more fundamentally, in understandings and worldviews. This has r...
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Actors from all sorts of backgrounds are currently engaging materially with biology. Among these actors are biohackers, DIYers and artists, who often inhabit the same spaces, use the same equipment, and adhere to the same laboratory protocols. So why do they tend to define themselves as different groups? Biohacking and DIY bio are sometimes used sy...
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There is a frequent use of analogies in understanding and relating to emerging technologies, particularly those dealing with matters too small to be seen, even through a microscope. What shapes our understanding of the possible applications of these technologies? As is pointed out time and again, scientists need an idea of what they hope and expect...
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How far can we extend our biological bodies in meaningful ways? Is the act of crossing human bodies with the bodies of non-human species still humanist, in the sense that the human dominance over other beings is asserted, or posthumanist, restoring humanity to an equal status with non-humans? And does it make a difference, conceptually, whether the...
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In recent years, an increasing number of artists are engaging with the biotechnosciences, entering the laboratories to create art in vivo. The artists creating these living artworks are less focused on aesthetics than on the concept of their projects. They are often very concerned with the material and sensory nature of the bacteria, tissue, plant...
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The conference poster presented a model of different approaches to artscience. The visual is a common factor to art and science. Don Idhe (1998) contends that the natural sciences are “intensely visualist”, and that this is a result of modern science culture. Art, while not exclusively visualist, is predominantly so. Today many people, both among a...
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Science and religion are often viewed as dichotomies, one being associated with systematized, empirical observation, the other more with spirituality, morality and human existence. This can be seen in the thesis of secularism and the presumed rationalization of the modern world. The separation of science and religion has been productive and effecti...
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Science and religion are often viewed as dichotomies. But although our contemporary society is often perceived as a rationalization process, we still need broad, metaphysical beliefs outside of what can be proven empirically. Rituals and symbols remain at the core of modern life. Do our concepts of science and religion require revitalization? Can s...

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NOBA combines art, research-based knowledge, critical thinking and new technology with the aim of stimulating increased awareness of our living environment, biology and sustainability.
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