transcription/translation : My residency at the Nemhauser Lab at the UW Biology Department exposed me to the science of gene manipulation in plants. Scientists make minute alterations to plant DNA and then observe the progeny, making note of mutations and changed responses through observation of leaf curl and root growth. As plants are plausibly better communicators than mobile species in that they must take on all comers, I wondered what happens to the vocabulary and syntax of plants when these mutations occur. Can they still communicate with other plants and fungi or are millenia-long extra-neural pathways irrevocably altered? Utilizing 3-d imaging and L-system algorithms, I made slight variations in the math and watched “root” simulations mutate in significant ways.
video, mixed media
18 x 24 x 48 in.
Presentation given November 29, 2017 at UW Hitchcock Hall
Video with Dr. Jennifer Nemhauser and Kate Thompson
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