Gabriel Barcia-Colombo: My DNA vending machine | Summary and Q&A

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Gabriel Barcia-Colombo: My DNA vending machine

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This content is about the DNA Vending Machine, an art installation that questions the future of biotechnology and DNA sequencing.

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Q: What is the DNA Vending Machine art installation?

The DNA Vending Machine is an art installation that allows people to purchase samples of human DNA from a traditional vending machine. Each sample comes with a collectible limited edition portrait of the human specimen. The installation raises questions about the increasing access to biotechnology and the legal issues surrounding the ownership of DNA.

Q: Where can the DNA Vending Machine be found?

The DNA Vending Machine is currently in a couple of galleries in New York. The first edition of 100 pieces is selling well, and there are plans to create another edition soon. The artist also hopes to place the installation in a metro hub like Grand Central or Penn Station, alongside other vending machines.

Q: Will people be willing to submit their DNA samples to the vending machine?

The artist poses the question of whether people would be willing to submit their DNA samples once biotechnology and DNA sequencing become as cheap and accessible as other everyday activities like laser cutting, 3D printing, or buying caviar from a vending machine. It's an open question about individual willingness to participate in such a project.

Q: What can be done with the purchased DNA samples?

The artist raises the question of what could be done with the purchased DNA samples. It is left open to interpretation and imagination. The potential uses could span from scientific research to personal curiosity or even artistic experimentation. The possibilities are open-ended.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The content discusses a caviar and an art vending machine found in Los Angeles and highlights the novelty of these machines.

  • The speaker shares their experience of extracting DNA from strawberries and humans, capturing these extractions on video during dinner parties to engage friends with science.

  • The speaker introduces their art installation called the DNA Vending Machine, where people can purchase samples of human DNA packaged with a portrait, sparking questions about the future implications and value of biotechnology and DNA sequencing.

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