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"Biological R/evolutions" by Shannon Bohle, BA, MLIS, CDS (Cantab), FRAS, AHIP
Synthetic Life - Film Art for the UWA Competition, MachinimUWA II Art of the Artists
I saw when visiting the exhibits, sea creatures: the shark, the jellyfish, and the octopus, and I built upon the concept of genetic manipulation and mechanical hybridization. Life began in the ocean, so I wondered how this might be significant not only for the evolution of marine life but future generations of human life as well. I've included audio commentary from some of the leading scientists of our day. Jacques Cousteau explored the oceans and had a vision for preserving them, unchanged in their pristine condition, for future generations. James D. Watson, who with Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and the team of Rosalind Franklin and Ray Gossling, discovered the structure of DNA and later unraveled its method for reproduction which led to the ability to alter DNA sequences in the laboratory at the molecular level. J. Craig Venter not only sequenced the genome but created the first synthetic biological lifeform. These scientists also realized the power of modern media and communication and understood the technical details of modernization. Cousteau used film. Watson realized that the DNA code was "digital" in nature. Venter used cryptography and steganography to place a code within codes of a new lifeform, a new self-generating species, whose Adam and Eve-like "parents" were a computer and raw chemicals. Since the age of agriculture and selective breeding, humans have altered life and manipulated the gene pool. As our technology improves, how will we and the world we live in appear in the future?