Variable Number Tandem Repeats

An enduring curiosity regarding the taxonomic classification of living organisms and the urge to determine individual characteristics through inanimate objects provides the premise for the video and sound work Variable Number Tandem Repeats (VNTR). The title refers to DNA short sequences of nucleotides organised as a tandem repeat and is useful in finding patterns and individual characteristics. Here, an assembly of three hundred individual portraits, each subject bearing a self-chosen representative object and shot partially in shadow, hints at the hidden connections between patterns and is enhanced by the voice over and music created from the conversion of DNA sequences and classifications. (Text by Science and Art curator and advisor Sara Barnes)