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Commissioned by Arts Catalyst, Genetic Automata (2019-) by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy forms the first part of an ambitious new body of works by the artists, exploring race and identity in an age of avatars, video games, and DNA Ancestry testing.
In the artists' new video installation combining animation, spoken word and text interspersed with microscopic topographies of varied shades of skin, digital renditions of skin from video games, and film footage of taxidermied bird life from Darwin’s bird skin collection at the Natural History Museum. [...]
Weaving together imagery and narratives from various popular cultural interpretations of genetic manipulation, from Metal Gear Solid to Resident Evil to Final Fantasy and the Metroid series, the artists will explore the legacy and language of concepts around eugenics and human agency.
Read more on Arts Catalyst, a nonprofit contemporary arts organisation that commissions and produces transdisciplinary art and research located in London.
LINK: Genetic Automata (Images courtesy of Arts Catalyst)