The fact that the principal findings of two major international research projects like the Human Genome Project and the Encode Project were doubts is my inspiration for the project Empty Space of the Unknown/ Nothing Is Right Now. I am fascinated by the fact that every living being is defined by a specific sequence of the base pairs A, T, and C, G (adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine). So all living creatures fundamentally consist of the four bases A,T,C and G. But the different combinations and repetitions of the base pairs constitue their uniqueness. I see the letters A,T, C and G as metaphors for something that may develop before it adopts a visible shape. I am interested in working on the transitions between information and expression/form. Relating to the base pairs A,T,C and G, I develop experimental set-ups which restrict my space for action on the one hand, but also facilitate chance occurrences.
Background The international Genome Project (1990-2003) to decipher the human genotype led to an ultimate awareness that less was understood about the construction plan of life than had been assumed previously. It is true that now we are fully able to sequence genes – but we still cannot interpret this new information. The sequel project Encode explored what parts of the genotype are active. It had been assumed that our genes were exclusively responsible for the principles of heredity – now it is known that other fields of the genotype – previously labeled as junk – also play a decisive part.
Experimental set-up: Various large-format to over-sized drawings of A, T, C and G are produced from innumerable dynamic lines. Using a coloured pencil in each hand, I shake the lines out from the wrist, continuing until the individual pencil marks disappear into a concentrated mass. I use all the coloured pencils in my box, which lie in a random order – an order that I keep for the full series in each case.