Prof. Dr. Vanouse is at ITU to Convert DNA into Art
May 23, 2016

DNA fingerprint images have been called with questionable concepts such as “truth-telling machine, “God’s blueprint” or golden ratio”. Easy manipulability and its relation with surface appearance have made the photograph at least as effective as DNA since the photograph was considered as strong evidence. DNA fingerprints play an important role in the investigations of medical, genetic and criminal cases and they are thought to be the most authoritative images of our time.

But where does the source of this authority come from? And why is the metaphor of “fingerprints” invoked though DNA images are neither from a finger nor are they imprints? What can be discussed about the source of DNA fingerprints authority is its being promoted out of a more sufficient, appropriate and useful one. If DNA doesn’t mislead us, it can be discussed that it is a metaphor, synecdoche and hyperbole. Prof. Vanouse, in his speech, will discuss several of his DNA-based artworks in terms of these arguments and alongside his broad inquiry into techno-sciences of human difference.


The event titled “Contagious Bodies: Network Politics Seminar Series 6” will be held in the venue numbered 134, at ITU Taşkışla Campus at 12.30-13.30 on May 27, 2016 with the curation of Assoc. Prof. Ebru Yetişkin teaching the courses of sociology, art nowadays and the media at our university.

Finally, we would like to know the owner of this interesting project Prof. Dr. Paul Vanouse closely.

Paul Vanouse is a Professor of Art at the University of Buffalo. He has been working in rising media forms since 1990. The biological media experiments, and interactive installations of Vanouse, who is guided by interdisciplinarity and impassioned amateurism, have been exhibited in over 20 countries and widely across the US. Recent solo exhibitions include: Schering Foundation in Berlin, Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana, Muffathalle in Munich, and Beall Center at UC Irvine, California. Vanouse has been specifically concerned with forcing the arcane codes of scientific communication into a broader cultural language. In The Relative Velocity Inscription Device (2002), he literally races DNA from his Jamaican-American family members through a DNA sequencing gel, in an artistic experiment that explores the relationship between early 20th Century Eugenics and late 20th Century Human Genomics. The double entendre of race highlights the obsession with “genetic fitness” within these historical endeavors. Similarly, In his recent projects, “Latent Figure Protocol” (2007), “Ocular Revision” (2010) and “Suspect Inversion Center” (2012) he uses molecular biology techniques to challenge “genome-hype” and to confront issues surrounding DNA fingerprinting. For detailed information about Paul Vanouse, please click here, and for detailed information about the Suspect Inversion Center, please click here.
With the organization of DECOL and the support of Istanbul Bilgi University and Istanbul Development Agency;

With the collaboration of Istanbul Technical University, Department of Fine Arts, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton and Akbank Art Center.

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* This seminar will be repeated at 16.30-18.30, on Saturday, May 28 2016, in Akbank Art Center.
**Event is free.