We are looking to appoint an artist to respond to the printed copy of the Human Genome, one of only three copies, which is held in The University of Manchester NHS FT library on Oxford Road.
This is a printed copy of the human genome DNA sequence which has ~3.2 billion nucleotides or ‘letters’. The DNA sequence is composed of 4 ‘letters’ only; ACTG, which encodes and provides the instructions for the human life. The collection contains 130 books with a total of 122976 pages. Each page contains >33000 of the letters in a font size 4.5. The collection is multi-coloured to reflect the different 24 chromosomes on which the human genome is organised. The colours are inspired from an old technology that was used for genetic testing in the past
This commission grants access to the object for ten days with supporting expert advice and discussion around genomics. The artist will respond to the text, exploring ways that this hardcopy of the Human Genome can inspire and challenge.
The commission fee is £500. The project will last across ten days (not full time) in April/May 2020, with outputs to be discussed. The project will include one public workshop at the end of the period on practice and the relationship between art and genomics.
To apply, please send a CV and a short outline of what your approach would be to this project to Jerome.email@example.com by March 20.
Organised by the Double-Helix History project, Manchester Royal Infirmary NHS Foundation Trust library, in association with Creative Manchester and supported by the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support fund.