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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer2018

Power Station of Art

Power Station of Art
Shanghai, China

compact tower computer that runs fluid dynamic equations and generates a turbulent flow of text characters that seem to “evaporate". As you approach the displays you realize that the turbulence is made out of the characters AGTC, representing DNA base pairs, and as you look upwards you realize that the turbulence gently forms lines of code that is readable and organized. The display on the left will have the entire genetic code of the Haemophilus Influenzae bacterium, the first free-living organism to have its entire genome sequenced, with 1.8 million base pairs. The display on the right will have my own entire genetic code, sequenced by company “Veritas Genetics” in Shanghai, and featuring 3.2 billion base pairs. The piece will be 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.

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