Es gibt eigentlich nur eines über meine DNA zu sagen: Sie ist Glitzer, 2017

Installation with Sound
Pipetten Tips, Safe-Lock Tubes, Tip-Racks, PCR Plates, Speakers 
 
„Es gibt eigentlich nur eines über meine DNA zu sagen: Sie ist Glitzer“ is an installation made by materials from a genetics lab and a sound piece. On my visitations to the genetic lab at the University of Zurich, I spoke with biologists and lab technichans about the processes in the lab and their working processes. I took notice in particular of the precise and repetitive work on minute quantities of DNA samples done by both humans and machines. I conjoined my observations in the lab with questions about the social role of science as knowledge producer. Elements from the lab take on a new form in the installation. The noises made by machines become a sound composition, and lab supplies melt into each other, assuming altered shapes and thus eluding the law of functionality. I playful challenge with this work the visitors to see their own imagination as the driving force behind knowledge production and call into question what has ostensibly been ”proven”. The work was shown at the special exhibition of the Zoological museum ”Entführungen – Kunst, Wissenschaft und die DNA des Steinbocks“ (”Displacements, Art, Science and the DNA of the Ibex“) September till November 2017 and is in 2018 on display at the national park museum in Zernez/Switzerland. Curated by Irène Hediger, Head of the artists-in-labs program at Zurich University of the Arts and Lukas Keller, Director of the Zoological Museum of the Universitiy of Zurich „Es gibt eigentlich nur eines über meine DNA zu sagen: Sie ist Glitzer“ is an installation made by materials from a genetics lab and a sound piece. On my visitations to the genetic lab at the University of Zurich, I spoke with biologists and lab technichans about the processes in the lab and their working processes. I took notice in particular of the precise and repetitive work on minute quantities of DNA samples done by both humans and machines. I conjoined my observations in the lab with questions about the social role of science as knowledge producer. Elements from the lab take on a new form in the installation. The noises made by machines become a sound composition, and lab supplies melt into each other, assuming altered shapes and thus eluding the law of functionality. I playful challenge with this work the visitors to see their own imagination as the driving force behind knowledge production and call into question what has ostensibly been ”proven”.


The work was shown at the special exhibition of the Zoological museum ”Entführungen – Kunst, Wissenschaft und die DNA des Steinbocks“ (”Displacements, Art, Science and the DNA of the Ibex“) September till November 2017 and is in 2018 on display at the national park museum in Zernez/Switzerland.

Curated by Irène Hediger, Head of the artists-in-labs program at Zurich University of the Arts and Lukas Keller, Director of the Zoological Museum of the Universitiy of Zurich 

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