On the morning of May 11, 2004, Steve Kurtz woke to find his wife dead of a heart attack. Hope Kurtz was a healthy woman in her mid-forties and, like her husband, a founding member of Critical Art Ensemble (CAE), "a collective of five artists of various specializations," per their website, "dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, radical politics, and critical theory." Steve practiced Bio Art, a form of installation art based on physically harmless, if politically volatile biotechnology experiments. Arriving at the Kurtz residence, local police panicked at the sight of studio paraphernalia more commonly associated with the cultivation of chemical weapons than cultural critique, and rang up the FBI. Soon thereafter, the mild-mannered professor of art and grief-stricken widower was detained on suspicion of bioterrorism and came face to face with the very subject of his art: the brave new world of ideological science, corporate capitulation, and Patriot... More >>>