This past week’s guest lecture by Gil Kuno was truly inspiring and very interesting. I personally felt very privilleged to be able to share the compilation of his works and hear from the artist’s own perspective of his projects. This talk give us the opportunity to understand the works from the artist’s standpoint and reach a different level of appreciation.
I am tremendously impressed by Gil’s creative and unique viewpoint as a design mediat artist. He is able to branch out and composed interdisciplinary works - the giant six-string guitar and wiggle are only two representative works that partcularly stood out to me. The deconstruction of the usual six-stringed guitar may seem nonsensical at first glance; yet after listening to Gil’s inspiration for the peice, it truly demonstrates a amazingly creative treatment of musical instruments - the deconstruction of the guitar allows an exponential increase in the possibility of the sounds created by the instrument. In addition, the work wiggle on Gil’s website - Unsound - is a ground-breaking approach for design media art because it incorporates the idea of chance evolution to enable the creation of complex composition from simple musical sounds. As a biologist, the peice challenges my perspective on genes, mutations, and evolution and really forces me to wrap my head around the idea of applying similar concepts to music. Wiggle really impressed me by its ingenuity and the cross-discipline connection it makes.
My current thoughts for the final project are still not definite yet. I would like to expand my DNA Postal Service idea to incorporate other related activities. These may include board games to involve a younger audiece; or fortune cookies containing DNA sequence to encourage the general public to decode their own DNA fortune. In the final project, I would like to demonstrate the wide applicability of the genetic code as a langauge to code for virtually everything possible for the human expressions. By expanding the scope of the DNA Postal Service idea, I hope to make an additional connection of DNA not as a fundamental bio-alphabet, but also to make the statement that DNA is important because all living organisms share and communicate in a universal language. And it is because the language of biology is universal for all life forms, transgenic manipulations, cross-species genetic alterations common in GM foods and other research experimentations are possible. Therefore, the project aims to present an alternative view to genetic engineering by clarifying the importance of DNA, genes, and instilling an appreciation for the molecular mechanism of genetic transmission that make all such technologies possible.