Pithos is a form of questioning, concerning technology. Using the techniques of synthetic biology, the work asks what might happen if synthetic information is stored within a living organism that is then granted the potential to evolve. What will the basic molecules of life make of our actions? Can there be such a thing as synthetic evolution?
Pithos is an ongoing project and series of works. A small circle of DNA has encoded within it a question that is also physically recorded as spoken text. This DNA is transformed into the living bodies of E. coli, the synthetic biology vessel of choice, which are continually nurtured within a laboratory. The DNA is also worked into a physical clay vessel and it’s potential evolution within the laboratory E. coli is sonified through an 8 channel audio.
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