Kurtz, Steve [us]
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Steve Kurtz is a professor in the Department of Art at the State University in Buffalo, New York. He is also a member of the internationally celebrated 'Critical Art Ensemble (CAE), which examines the implications of information and biotechnology. In his most recent project for the CAE, 'Free Range Grains', Kurtz created a mobile DNA extractor, which tests groceries for possible genetic modification. The equipment owned by the Critical Art Ensemble generated a chain of kafkaesque events after the death of Kurtz's wife when Kurtz himself was arrested as a suspected bio-terrorist. Countless international watchdogs agree that a political agenda to limit public and independent transparency in the technological age lies behind these actions. The court date is set for January 11, 2005.


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