Thomson & Craighead, ‘Stutterer’, 2014, Carroll / Fletcher

Stutterer is an instructional artwork – a poetry machine that uses the human genome like a music score to play back a self-assembling video montage spanning the thirteen years it took the Human Genome Project to complete the first documented human DNA sequence. The four nucleotide bases of a DNA strand are represented by the letters T, A, G and C and Stutterer plays (or will play – if it were to run continuously for more than sixty years) all 3.2 billion letters representing the human genome, where each letter becomes a word plucked by the artists from an English language television broadcast made sometime between 1990 and 2003.

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About Thomson & Craighead

British, Est. 1993, London, United Kingdom and Aberdeen, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom