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Framing Interiority: Portraits In The Age Of Genomics

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In the age of genomics artists appropriate new techniques of molecular biology to produce (self )portraits. This chapter presents three artworks dealing with genomics and biotechnology. In the first two sections about Mirror, Matter and Script, it analyses two genomic portraits that make use of different laboratory techniques: in-vitro culturing and sequencing, both in combination with mirroring surfaces. In the third section, Growth and Difference, the focus is shifted to the question of 'how you become what you are'. In analysing an artwork that deals with genetic screening, assumptions about genetic information, development and variability are framed. Finally, in section Framing Interiority and Scientific Truth, the chapter discusses some conclusions about the specific ways in which these artworks present new knowledge about the Self and about Life Itself, not only across the inside-outside divide, but across the disciplinary borders, in the realm of the passepartout of scientific and artistic propositions.

Keywords: (self )portraits; age of genomics; framing interiority; genetic screening; scientific truth



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