(art)n Artists: 

Ellen Sandor, Keith Miller, Fernando Orellana and Janine Fron, (art)n

Special thanks to Stephan Meyers

Collaborative Artists: 

Kathleen Helm-Bychowski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
DePaul University


Virtual Photograph


Duratrans, Kodalith, Plexiglas


How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era at the International Center of Photography in New York, February 28–May 25, 2003:

The International Center of Photography organized an exhibition of works by over thirty contemporary artists and photographers who consider some of the most significant issues raised by the Human Genome Project. How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era was curated by Carol Squiers.

How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era featured artists who are dealing with issues of biology and human identity in a variety of ways. The show raises questions about the limits and capacities of scientific explanations and about how new medical research might affect us. Included will be works that consider a broad range of topics such as cloning, race, congenital disease, aging, genetic identification, and transgenic breeding. How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era will coincide with events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Artists represented include Richard Press, Manabu Yamanaka and Taryn Simon.

(art)n Virtual Visions: Three Decades of Collaboration, Brunnier Art Museum, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, October 29, 2002––January 5, 2003

Cryptobiology: Reconstructing Identity was first included in PhotoGENEsis: Opus 2, Artists' Response to the Genetic Information Age at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, November 9, 2002–February 9, 2003:

As words like "DNA" and "genome" have become part of the public discourse, and new words like "transgenic species," "cloning," and "proteomics" continue to enter our vocabulary, artists, like others, are exploring the new terrain. In planning the exhibition, the SBMA issued a call for entries in The New York Times, ARTnews, and Art in America, which drew over 200 submissions from artists working in film-based mediums. More than 40 artists were selected for inclusion, each represented by several images organized into four distinct categories. photoGENEsis: Opus 2 was curated by Karen Sinsheimer. Artists represented include Carrie Mae Weems, Nancy Burson, Yasumasa Morimura, Eduardo Kac, Miwa Yanagi, Catherine Wagner, Roman Vishniac, Mike and Doug Starn, Christopher Bucklow and Arthur Olson.


Santa Barbara Museum of Art

International Center of Photography



How Human: Life in the Post-Genome Era, International Center of
Photography, New York, catalogue

(art)n Virtual Visions: Three Decades of Collaboration, Brunnier Art Museum,
Iowa State University, catalogue