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Rosalind Franklin’s 100th birthday

We have appointed an artist to respond to the printed copy of the Human Genome, one of only three copies, which is held in The University of Manchester NHS FT library on Oxford Road. Our artist in residence, Andee Collard, has made images to celebrate Rosalind Franklin’s 100th birthday: https://dna-day.org/images/

That page also has a little outline by the artist about what he is doing: The human genome as recorded in the Unversity’s printed volumes is sequenced fully but not yet completely interpreted. The work that I’m making confronts the anachronisms inherent with this subject. I’m interested in working with visual metaphors related to this vast research area. Everything about DNA is fascinating and my perceptions shift constantly. The micro macro of the topic has encouraged me to work across media, exploring new areas of work and methods of working. I am making oil paintings from documentary photographs, digital/analogue hybrid animations and using generative code. I see DNA as a maze filled a series of metaphors where understanding leads to more questions. I’m relishing the task of exploring the different paths.

The images and link are tweeted, here: https://twitter.com/DNADay1/status/1286584305037312000

Posted on behalf of Professor Jerome de Groot, English, American Studies and Creative Writing, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, The University of Manchester

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