LCD glass, sensors, stainless steel, DNA.
The piece uses synthetic DNA, liquid crystal glass
panels, proximity sensors and the existing architecture of the gallery.
The DNA sequence was created by translating the light patterns of tower
1 into the 4 bases guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine
that make up DNA.
By looking at patterns and randomness from the building, one system
of translation is used to code for another system.
In a strictly poetical sense the synthetic gene created becomes a biological
The vial of DNA is embedded in an incision cut into the two-sided wall
of the gallery.
On either side of the wall a large panel of LCD glass stands as both
a barrier and a window onto the vial of DNA.
By approaching the wall, proximity sensors alternate the state of the
glass between transparent and opaque. The viewer on each side has some
control, but not all.
The installation evokes both ephemerality and mass, absence and presence.
Image at left
from World Views show at The New
Museum of Contemporary Art