Text Stream 4

“Double” (Text Stream 4) is a generative turbulent animation of the letters AGTC, representing DNA base pairs. At a given time, the piece shows the entire genetic code of the Haemophilus Influenzae bacterium, the first organism to have its genome sequenced, in 1995, with 1.8 million base pairs. Periodically, the display switches to show the artist’s own entire genetic code, featuring 3.2 billion base pairs.The piece is at once a genetic self-portrait but also a humbling comparison to a simple diminutive bacterium responsible for countless illnesses. The fact that at a glance the code looks very similar underscores the message of connectedness of the base pair instructions that give rise to complex living organisms. Optionally, the curator or collector can show the piece on two screens, one per organism

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ultra-stretch display, computer, 3.2 billion bases sequenced from the artist’s DNA and 1.8 million bases sequenced from the Haemophilus Influenzae bacterium
216 x 35 x 8 cm
6 Editions, 2 AP