Painted genes: DNA visualised into wall art

27 : 03 : 2014 Self Quants : Data Visualisation : New York

New York – A start-up company has latched onto the rise in Self-Quants and the decreasing costs of at-home DNA testing to create a unique form of home decoration: paintings made out of DNA patterns.

DNA art by Genetic Ink DNA art by Genetic Ink
DNA art by Genetic Ink DNA art by Genetic Ink
DNA art by Genetic Ink DNA art by Genetic Ink

All you need to have your personal DNA translated into a visual art piece is a sample of your genes. Genetic Ink sends out an at-home DNA collection kit, and when it receives the sample, it transforms your genetic sequence into a beautiful rendering. The resulting art piece is based on a design called Spark by artist Mathieu Daudelin, who collaborated with the company on the project to create a visualisation that was not about reading the DNA, but about rendering it in an emotional way.

‘Genetic Ink’s ambitions are profound – not merely to create something attractive, but to deliver on the promise of art itself. DNA Art strives to express the very essence of humanity,’ says Alex Pyatetsky, senior advisor at Genetic Ink.

As people become more obsessed with knowing themselves, they want to get down to their chromosomal essence. For more, read the coverage of Genetic Health in our SXSW Interactive 2014 show review.

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