DNA

14th March 2014

DNA testing and genetic modification are not new, but what is interesting is that a series of designers are looking to explore the ethics of this in a rash of projects.

The most surprising route is fashion designer Iris Van Herpen who's latest collection showed models suspended above the catwalk in vacuum packed bags posing the question 'Do we own our own bodies?'
She also referenced sequencing aesthetics in her repetitive patterning on some of her garments whilst others resembled other worldly surfaces with enhanced shine.

The collection titled Biopiracy brings into debate the recent patents on our genes and the increasing accessibility to DNA testing and sequencing.

Similarly Artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo has created a DNA vending machine that dispenses human genetic material. The DNA Vending Machine replaces snacks with samples of peoples genetic code which can then be bought.

Also driven by a social comment on a patent granted in 2013 that would allow a gene perfecting system for future parents to control the characteristics of their children, Ben Landau showed his First Gift Blanket during Dutch Design week last year.

A modern take on the heirloom blanket to be passed from generation to generation the blanket has interwoven into it familial DNA sequencing putting into question the value of our personal data. Alongside the blanket he also asked visitors to donate their DNA for sequence testing.


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