NEoN Digital Arts Archive

Old TV playing video clips and a monitor recording the code on two stands


Thomson & Craighead

On view at LifeSpace, Dundee’s Science Art Research Gallery is a new work by internationally leading media artists Thomson & Craighead, supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

The work, called ‘Stutterer’, brings the idea of future-proofing into sharp focus as it would take over 60 years to run from start to finish. Using the first published sequence of the human genome as its code (or score), the work spells out the A, T, C, and Gs of the nucleotides with videoclips of television from the 1990s, the time period when the genome was sequenced.

The video clips were likely originally broadcast in different formats, then recorded on VHS and have since been uploaded to YouTube by people all over the world; they now populate a software programme coded by the artists, although it is often suggested that DNA might be the most futureproof form of information storage.

Stutterer is part of the exhibition Scales of Life, curated by Sarah Cook. Located in the Discovery Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research
, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

Event information

Venue: LifeSpace Gallery
Where: University of Dundee
When: Sun 2nd – Sat 8th
Time: Open by appointment and Saturdays 11 am-5 pm
This exhibition continues until January 2015