2011/ Authors: Špela Petrič / Collaborators: Dejan Koban (video), Andreja Kopač (dramaturgy) / Acknowledgments: Savica Soldat, dr. Petra Hudler, Institute of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana and GenePlanet / The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana Department for Culture
Produced by Kapelica Gallery
An introduction to the discourse was made in the gallery by a representative of GenePanet, a Slovene based company that offers genetic testing of several genetically linked diseases, traits, and talents. A few members of the audience were offered genetic testing at the gallery’s expense; however they had to decide upon it and provide their DNA samples (by filling a cup with their saliva) on the spot.
Two days later, the lecture-performance was held in a laboratory at the Institute of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. The audience entered the laboratory and a technical assistant gave a short introduction on the molecular methods involved in testing the subject’s DNA for BRCA2 mutations. Afterwards, a member of the audience was asked to perform the final step of the procedure, visualizing the results. The gel electrophoresis with the DNA samples was projected in real time on the walls of the lab.
The project Voyager/ Non-human agents investigates the possible forms of artistic practice in space, the composite of art and science and the processes of science culturalization.
After more than half a century of remarkable achievements in space exploration, we appeal to the wider space community to recognize art and the humanities as developmental practices complementary to the existing fields of space science and technology, and to therefore integrate them into the space programmes.
Art is a constitutive practice enabling entities to explore and manifest themselves as human. The existing space programmes focus mainly on how to understand the farthest of surroundings and how to develop technological solutions, but tend to overlook the importance of implementing artistic developmental practices and methodologies, condensed in the question: What is it like to be a human in space?