(d is for dancing) by Nell Tenhaaf. Tenhaaf’s work addressed
the cultural implications of new technologies, and how digital
representation links art practice to the bio-sciences and to
Artificial Life. She forged connections between the scientific
and artistic worlds, both through works critiquing scientific
claims and works in which she adopted a scientist persona. In
this piece Tenhaaf took footage from St. Louis salsa and jitterbug
classes and superimposed an animated strand of DNA to make it
appear in the midst of the classes, projecting the final footage
in the lab’s windows.
Children of D by Paul Guzzardo and Ben Kiel was constructed as
a three-minute "contrived promotion" for an upcoming
feature film. D stands for Drosophila.
Drosophila melanogaster - the
fruit fly - research and genome sequencing has revolutionized
our knowledge about the connections between DNA and human behavior.
Children of D was both a spoof on Hollywood blockbuster films
and a serious mediation on DNA sequencing and sociobiology.