A Surrealist's Tale Of Genetic Messiahs

emaculate in progress gopal2011blackberry basquiatThe next few months the work is in transition as I start a new series. It's going to be really vague and really weired (what's new you say). The working title is Scribes of Divinity.

Here is one of the new canvases. In this image (which is an incomplete canvas), I am merging the primeval anima with biotech lab equipment and a couple of Blackberrys.  In one of them Basquiat wearing prison orange lines up for the genetic experiment.  Using prisoners in bio medical research is, in the US, a growing concern. Several months ago I observed the creation of artificial life in my diary posting about workable synthetic biology at the JC Venter Institute.

Again last year DARPA announced its new $6 million 'BioDesign' project which will look at creating artificial life and machinery enhanced bio-engineered life forms. In the DARPA case, death-immune cells will be bred to have a ‘turn off’ switch when it realises it's intelligent and has feelings (lovely). The short side of this scenario is the spirit of the human race. So this is the 'seed', the immaculate conception to several narratives on canvas in the first half of 2011. It also reminds me of a quote from Carl Jung:

"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people." - Carl Jung

crowsA few days ago, I suddenly realised I had a snake slithering on the edge of my consciousness and realised that, entwined, they resembled the mapping of the DNA sequence. Then I found a link to a drawing from the 17th century. Same snakes. Same pattern.  Then this brought me back to the exciting, visionary, but also contentious and black field of biotechnology. Chimeras, cyborgs and fundamentalist monotheists are up next .....…

interesting article here

'Prisoners as Human Subjects: A Closer Look at the Institute of Medicine's Recommendations to Loosen Current Restrictions on Using Prisoners in Scientific Research' by Osagie K. Obasogie, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, January 18th, 2011.

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