MOLECULAR MACHINES, 2005

MOLECULAR MACHINES is designed to look like a hybrid between scientific apparatus and an art object. The viewer first experiences it as if it is a contemporary painting in a gallery. But the more you move around the object, the more layers are being revealed. It is like a body being dissected. On the back side, one discovers the genetic code breaking through the screen, transforming it into a great complexity of interrelated species.

„In MOLECULAR MACHINES, images of autoradiographs are appropriated from the genetic laboratory. Autoradiographs, scientific representations of an individual’s gene sequences plot personal ancestry as well as forensic evidence. In effect, an autoradiograph is a bar code pattern consisting of light and dark bands in discreet rows. Each individual, in a species, from the big cats to exotic orchids from base bacteria to human beings have a unique readout. Coming to the fore in the late 20th century, this image is a testament of science’s migration into art.”
Susan Anker, Chair of the Fine Arts department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Conceptual object; aluminum, plexiglas, paper; 200 х 91 х 30 cm.

Photographs by
Gemis Luciani