Sean Deel :: Projects and Ideas








Design by Sequence

“dna dyptich”
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Genetic Art Proposal

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Some of my links on the topic of genetic arts:

    Inspired by last weeks exploration of the grass art, I searched for “art and photosynthesis.” I clicked on a page called “New Zealand Artists.” I explored some of the artists, but found myself ultimately at Feu’u Fatu’s page. He is has been titled the father of Pacific Island Art, and it interested me because it was a culturally significant piece, much as Jason Hampton’s work was from my last ideas journal. His piece, “Conserve for Tomorrow,” is a metaphor of the Pacific Islander’s search for land and how they had to bring their culture with them as they traveled. I am always moved by cultural artists who represent a community that are generally never represented. To me, it seems that these people are creating art because they feel strongly about their heritage, no matter who pays attention or not. Fatu, Feu’u. “Conserve for Tomorrow.” OUTOFTHEBLUE. 2000. http ://



I searched for “eugenic art,” which interests me because of its history and because of its possibilities for re-emergence through genetic technologies. I found a site of an artist called Chris Webster. He had some holocaust-related artworks. The one which I will focus on “Radiation Penetration.” The piece shows a man, with his head on backwards, and what appears to be rays of light passing through him. The style of this was somewhat photographic and reminiscent of holocaust images that are displayed elsewhere on the webpage. I though the image was interesting and reminded me of the mutations which occur through exposure to radiation. Of course radiation doesn’t turn our heads backwards, but using an extreme situation helped to accent the message.
Webster, Chris. “Radiation Penetration.” 2002.


Today I researched something that is somewhat related to my topic of interest for my project. I returned to the Gene(sis) page and read about another exhibit called “Relative Velocity Inscription Device” by Paul Vanouse. It dealt with eugenics and race through an interactive game involving his DNA and that of his multi-racial family members. The DNA is expressed in a gel, and the game is a sort of race to see who’s DNA can get to the end first. I think the work explores interesting aspects of differences in DNA and of superior genes over inferior genes. It was related to my project in that my project will also explore issues of race and its relationship to genetics.

Vanouse, Paul. “Relative Velocity Inscription Device.” Gene(sis). 2002.