CG CAT, 2009
HD digital video , Dimensions Variable
A computer speech synthesis program is fed the base pairs (A,C,T or G) for a human DNA sample. Quite literally, the software reads the code phonetically instead of by individual letter creating a chant to "incant the name of the genetic code". The accompanying video shows the American Sign Language signs for the letters in the code as they appear at a rapid fie pace. As the video proceeds, the images multiply, mirror and divide in an approximation of a double helix structure.
Visually I relate this to the four basic digits on the hand, as the hand is the building block for beginning computation/counting in humans, and the tool for most physical activity. The hand is generated and generates, and as it is often seen as being distant from the computer or the "conceptual" in works of art, it makes the digital representation of a hand filling in for speech even more convoluted, and perhaps ironic. In this case, at this speed, it also performs a "sleight of hand" or is akin to a magic trick...