Three billion chemical letters; that is the number of chemical code in human DNA. Every human being on Earth shares 99.9 percent of this code. How does this confirm the similarities we all share? How does this celebrate our differences and individuality? In my piece, SEQUENCE, I explore these questions and how we all are connected on this planet together.
In Untitled I use multiple channels to portrait a diversity of people on video. These separate channels are projected onto blank canvases, representing the theory of a traditional portrait painting. Between these segments is the graphical representation of the double helix that contains the genetic code that we all share.
My objectives included the use of color and the equally segmented spaces the individual portraits occupied.
My biggest influence in exploring this subject is my wife’s profession as a molecular cellular biologist and her experimentations and studies in DNA. Artists who influenced this piece include Candice Breitz and her multi channel works with close-ups and Bill Viola’s use of time manipulation of human motion.
This piece pushed my abilities in the use of up to 10 overlapping video channels, green screen experimentation, sound wavelength design, and audio manipulation.