Gabe Barcia-Colombo: My DNA vending machine
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo - Video sculptor
Gabe Barcia-Colombo creates madcap art inspired both by Renaissance era curiosity cabinets and the modern-day digital chronicling of everyday life. Think: miniature people projected in objects and a DNA Vending Machine. Full bio
grow E. coli that glows in the dark
DNA extractions about a year ago,
fascinating, because it's so beautiful.
being a beautiful thing before,
we can do this strawberries,
some friends, some artist friends,
you could actually see DNA.
out some supplies right now.
parties at my house on Friday nights
do with your Friday nights,
think about a couple of things.
one time a friend came over
person more rare than the other one?"
was the order that I extracted the DNA in.
what's going to be inside of them.
vending machine and the Art-o-mat all together,
night drawing a vending machine,
coils of a vending machine.
to create an art installation
about our increasing access to biotechnology."]
the DNA Vending Machine
vending machines in that location.
and a lot of my art projects
DNA to be part of the vending machine?
About the speaker:Gabriel Barcia-Colombo - Video sculptor
Gabe Barcia-Colombo creates madcap art inspired both by Renaissance era curiosity cabinets and the modern-day digital chronicling of everyday life. Think: miniature people projected in objects and a DNA Vending Machine.
Why you should listen
Gabe Barcia-Colombo is an American artist who creates installation pieces that both delight and point to the strangeness of our modern, digital world. His latest work is a DNA Vending Machine, which dispenses vials of DNA extracted from friends at dinner parties. He's also created video installations of "miniature people" encased inside ordinary objects like suitcases, blenders and more. His work comments on the act of leaving one's imprint for the next generation. Call it "artwork with consequences."
As he explains it: "While formally implemented by natural history museums and collections (which find their roots in Renaissance-era 'cabinets of curiosity'), this process has grown more pointed and pervasive in the modern-day obsession with personal digital archiving and the corresponding growth of social media culture. My video sculptures play upon this exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and wax nostalgic, an idea which I render visually by 'collecting' human beings (alongside cultural archetypes) as scientific specimens. I repurpose everyday objects like blenders, suitcases and cans of Spam into venues for projecting and inserting videos of people."
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