A JUMP INTO THE GENE POOL

February 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

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YOUR GENES, YOUR EPIGENES, AND AN INFINITY OF POSSIBLE YOUS

The genetic revolution and Human Genome Project promised to reduce the understanding of our natures to a code consisting of several thousand genes: not a simple task, but also not unmanageable. These products of inheritance would provide all of the signals that build, maintain, and kill us. Columbia biologist (and filmmaker) Germano Cecere will show how the genetic code is now known to provide only the beginning of complex genetic signaling, which through a process known as “epigenetics” can continue to alter us infinitely and throughout life: these modifications can drive identical twins to very different fates.

The artist Morgan O’Hara’s LIVE TRANSMISSION drawings track, in real time, the vital movement of living beings, transcending both figuration and abstraction, executing a direct neural translation from one human action into another. Drawing methodically with multiple razor-sharp pencils and both hands, as performative drawing, O’Hara condenses movement into accumulations of graphite line that combine the controlled refinement of classical drawing with the unbound sensuality of spontaneous gesture. At the end, the two may participate in an epigenetic art jam session, a first for the Cornelia Street Café.

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