[ISEA2018] Paper: Pat Pataranutaporn, Bank Ngamarunchot & Galina Mihaleva — Genomix Mask: Examining the complex relationship between Genes, Epoch, and Aesthetics.


Short Paper

Keywords: Genes, Epoch, Genome, Aesthetics, Anthropocene

Genomix Mask is the collection of masks fabricated by a collaboration between AI and the authors. It intends to tell four ages of the world: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, and Chthulucene. In the beginning, people can use technological power to extract resources and wellbeing from the world. However, over extraction and exploitation emerged and negative consequences existed. Therefore, Donna Haraway proposed us to make kin with nature. Authors interpret “making kin” by infusing DNA of humankind and animals (i.e. iguana, monitor, virus, and octopus) as a representative of nature. Ironically, to reconcile between human and nature, we need help from an ‘Artificial’ Intelligent (AI). To some extent, it says that it is an un-thought of ours. How AI contributes to this work? It learns heat-map of DNA and styles of animal organism and then generates many infused patterns that we can use to recompose as a mask.

  • Pat Pataranutaporn is a creative biologist, designer, coder and a student from Thailand at Arizona State University, USA. He is enthusiastic in prototyping impossible things as he presented in his TED X talk “Prototyping the Impossible”. His works examine the symbiotic relationships between human and technology beyond traditional contexts ranging from using AI to cope with mental health issues on social media, designing how human interact with DNA computer, and making bio-inspired device that capture proteins from insects and convert them into 3D printed food.
  • Bank Ngamarunchot is a lecturer of KMUTT (King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi), Thailand. He is an Economist who works in many fields such as Political Economy and Public Policy. His recent works relate to negative consequences of capitalism such as monopoly, externality, labor exploitation, and inequality. He is also an owner of the art gallery (Tentacles) located in his hometown, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Galina Mihaleva grew up with a passion for fashion and art; she studied costume design at Arizona State University, USA and the Arts School in Sofia, Bulgary, with a Master of Art degree specializing in fashion and textiles. Her interest in fashion lies in exploring the extent to which we experience fashion and how we might be able to accomplish a higher state of connectivity between the body and our clothing. Her art has been shown in festivals, galleries and  museums across United States, Asia, Central and South America and Europe. In 2007 she was nominated for the best design award at Cooper- Hewitt Design Museum.

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