rDNA (imagined) is a metaphorical interpretation of the current experimentation in biotechnology to duplicate the human genome through a compilation of newly deciphered DNA sequences from laboratories all over the world. Often, different laboratories will be studying the same gene; yet not precisely the same, because of the slight genetic variation between the individuals sampled.
This data is sent by modem to receptacles for this type of information such as the Human Genome project's Genbank Web site. When the task is complete (estimated to be sometime between 2001 and 2005) the final sequence will be created through a recompilation of fragments of multiple versions of the same sequences, creating a composite or recombinant organism.
In the performance/installation rDNA(imagined) a biomorphic, imaginary form is created from a recombination of human DNA and experimental broadcasting technologies.
Data will be sent to a receiving station, MIT List Visual Arts Center. Each of the four computer stations there, is a representation of the slight variation present in the same sequence; each screen being a different form of the same human sample. Together as a unit, these four stations are a hybrid form comprised of morphed data (the manipulation of information when sent over the internet), sound, imagery, and text.
-Cuseeme: live view 1/performance-a specified point of view of the human sample
-Real Audio: looping sounds, the structure of a hybrid (human/computer)/imaginary form illustrated through sound
-Cn3d: interactive 3-d modelling of human DNA structures
-Website: textual information about recombinant DNA as it exists in current biotechnological experimentation
-Cuseeme: live view 2/performance-a specified point of view of the human sample