Kirsten Knipprath :: Projects and Ideas








Design by Sequence

“Caste In DNA”
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Genetic Art Proposal

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Some of my links on the topic of genetic arts:


Gene(sis): Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics.
Although this site highlights a good amount of well-known genomic artists, my favorite project was one by Susan Robb entitled Macro-Fauxology. She uses materials such as Play-Doh and moss to mimic microscopic slides, thereby familiarizing scientific processes and making them more accessible to the general public.



Search terms in Google:
“technology art”
Australian Network for Art and Technology.

This site combines art with a somewhat broader scope – it explores the relationship between art and technology rather than art and specifically biotechnology. In the particular work I viewed by Justine Cooper, her “Synescapes” in black and white appear to be photos taken of organs or cells inside the human body. She claims in her artist statement that she is interested in exploring the relationship between science and identity. This caught my attention because it is kind of like what I am trying to accomplish with my project – explore how biotechnology can relate to a culture’s (specifically India’s) central values.


art robotics”
Amorphic Robot Works. Apr. 2003.

Wow! This site is really interesting – the artists created interactive as well as computer-controlled humanistic and abstract robots to relate that which we perceive as ‘living’ to the ‘mechanical’. The robots interact and move about accordingly, and their movements are beautiful and intriguing. Simple movements such as standing are considered very normal. However, when we view something essentially “lifeless” moving on its own and attempting to get up, it evokes amazement and “emotional responses”.


“technological art groups”
F.A.B.R.I.CATORS – Architects of Culture, Fabricators of Ideas. Apr. 2003.

Finally! Something that incorporates a little bit of Indian culture into technological art! This site was quite an exciting find for me. Franz Fischnaller created an impressive interactive sculpture of the Hindu goddess Kali and formed a virtual world around her. This is a perfect example of taking a prominent figure from an ancient culture and placing it in a new medium, while maintaining its original potency and symbolism. Visitors can navigate inside and around the outside of the sculpture thanks to digital technology, allowing for a symbolic fusing of man and divinity or man and technology…


The Crossing Project

This site is run by a group of Indian artists, technology specialists, scholars, and countless others who attempt to address the issue of maintaining identity in a world which is increasingly dependent on computing and technology. This project focuses on a particular society’s beliefs of how the world works and how things are interconnected. Then it ties in these notions with the traditional Indian intricate designs and artworks. Whereas most of the sites I’ve encountered seem to deal with the consequences of humans being controlled and led by the fast advancement of technology, this project explores “futuristic forms” of technology where it is entirely controlled by humans.


Miyajima, Tatsuo. Home page.

This Japanese artist’s work, called “Floating Time”, projects the numbers from 1-9 onto tables in a predetermined sequence that appears random. He presents time as a visual representation of ordered chaos. This project was confusing to me, because I don’t quite see how projecting numbers onto tables demonstrates the complexities of time. I did, however, enjoy a particular point of his artwork – he did not use the number zero, because for him zero represents an end. Since time can never be at an end, he therefore refrains from utilizing zero.