DNA EPIGEN demands input: this interactive macro-sculpture allows the public to play a leading role. Coming as an unexpected end to the tour, it invites the visitors to make changes to the state of the work, thus becoming its creators in their own right.
By using “epigenetic” keywords on a maxi tablet – showing factors affecting our past experience and our DNA – we can cause DNA EPIGEN to go from a quiet and harmonious state to an active state. This reveals, one by one, the secret contents of the “epigenetic cubes” set into this huge fragment of DNA, thus illustrating the potential effects of lived experiences and lifestyle on the molecule of life, as studied by epigenetics.
Claud Hesse, generally known as the “DNA artist”, works between Italy and Berlin. She is well-known for her DNA PORTRAIT project (unique portraits of the genotype of various individuals, many of whom famous). Her work has always involved the world of genetics, biology and physics, subjects featured in latent form in her works, appearing again and again, often with sophisticated philosophical insights and profound internal reflections.