01/31/09 Artists with a relationship to Miami in "The Possibility of an Island" speak about the city and science fictions.
"The Possibility of an Island" is a 2005 novel by Michel Houellebecq, set within the ambiance of a cloning cult that resembles the real-world Raëlians, believers of life in outer space, who hope that human scientists will follow the path of the Elohim (The Hebrew Name for God) by achieving space travel through the cosmos and creating life on other planets.
The Raëlian Church has close links with the controversial company Clonaid, which sees cloning as the first step in achieving immortality. On December 27, 2002, Clonaid's chief executive, Brigitte Boisselier, claimed that a baby clone, named Eve, was born. Media coverage of the claim sparked serious criticism and ethical debate that lasted more than a year.
In the panel: Artists Martin Oppel, Nicolas Lobo, Lisi Raskin, and Cristina Lei Rodriguez. Moderated by Bonnie Clearwater and Ruba Katrib.