About DNA Science and Art

Where science and art meet

Since 1953, when Watson and Crick announced to the world that they had defined the structure of DNA, scientists and artists alike have played around with its form and function. Using its structural appearance, creative people have represented the molecule in numerous art practices. Some have even presented the purified molecule in an art context for public consumption. The code of life has also inspired artistry to code for paintings, installations and musical notes. Below are some of the ways that creative people have displayed the science and art of the DNA molecule.

DNA Representation:

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Artistic representation of the DNA molecule for scientific purposes

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Artistic engagement of the DNA molecule for social commentary

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The DNA structure’s inspiration for company logoshttp://amedeverre.blogspot.com.au/2010/06/dna-cleaning-logo-design.html

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An individual’s DNA is extracted, partially sequenced and printed as a GCAT base code

An individual’s DNA is extracted, sized separated using electrophoresis and printed as a DNA fingerprint http://www.dna11.com/

DNA Presentation:

Chromoknit Dolls by Catherine Fargher: Using long strands of the DNA molecule, Fargher knits dolls in the form of chromosomes, engaging with a future of human cloning http://vimeo.com/41469686

Rosalind Franklin by Sasha Whittle: This portrait, drawn with real DNA strands, is in recognition of her contribution to the understanding of the molecule that carries the secrets of life, DNA (DeoxyriboNucleic Acid) http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201109083887/features/first-structure-now-portrait

Keep Safe Your Identity by Nic Lozanovski: Locking his own DNA in a Perspex safe, Lozanovski is engaging with human cloning and identity theft of the Human Genome Project http://www.magdelinelum.com/my-first-bioart-experience/

Biotech Face of Perth by Gary and Susie Cass: With real strands of DNA (extracted from several persons) superimposed over a video image of the faces of the persons morphed together expressing the perfect face http://www.magdelinelum.com/my-first-bioart-experience/

DNArt by André Brodyk: A jellyfish gene that expresses a green fluorescent protein has been incorporated into the bacterial and used as a drawing art media on an ‘agar canvas’. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/andre-brodyk

Microvenus by Joe Davis: Using a synthetic DNA molecule containing a coding visual icon, Joe cloned the DNA sequence into bacteria that was to be shot into space http://www.viewingspace.com/genetics_culture/pages_genetics_culture/gc_w03/davis_microvenus

Genesis by Eduardo Kac: Kac converts a passage from the Book of Genesis into DNA code and cloned this DNA sequence into bacteria that is mutated as the public view http://www.ekac.org/geninfo

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