DescriptionThe concept of “DNA fingerprinting” first entered the public conscience during the O.J. Simpson trial of the mid 1990s. The DNA image, produced by gel electrophoresis, which often looks like a rectangular barcode, typically belongs to a regime of late 20th century screen-based information such as cartesian coordinates, x/y locations, and the database. In this piece, Vanouse has constructed the first ever circular gel electrophoresis rig which allows him to produce “DNA fingerprints” with radial patterns connected to a history of microscopic and macroscopic science. Furthermore, Ocular Revision calls into question the notion that DNA is a code by utilizing the DNA as a visceral material medium rather than simply the subject of the image.
Researcher: Rich Pell