No 18 (2017)


Part 1, of this issue, draws on the Art and Genetics Project (from the Otago based Art Science series). The Project for 2017 was self-selected, with the University of Otago hosting the Genetics Society of Australasia Annual Conference, together with the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The aim of the annual Project is for scientists and artists to work together in  creative cooperation to move beyond the illustration of scientific research to embrace the often speculative imagery that come from the mind and hand of the artist in response to a close acquaintance with the actuality of scientific processes and ideas—or even commentary from the left field upon something that scientists take for granted, as part of their unconscious sense of normality and rationality.

As a system of visual representation, art has had a long history of recording human investigations into the world of nature and, even more broadly, into speculating, even fantasising, about what that world might look like—out there in unseen worlds or in there, in the body, beneath the surface of things.  In Part 2, we publish a long essay which contends that the way we think about both art and science is crucial to our sense of “being in the world”. The ideas of Michel Foucault and others are reworked, on the many “histories” of science, as well as the Arts.

Table of Contents


Editorial: Genetics
Peter Stupples


Above the Threshold
Juli Whitefield, Martin Kennedy
The Perils of Data Transfer: Error Detection and Correction in Genetics and Computing
Katie Whitefield
ACCess mATTers — Trio
Johanna Zellmer, Aaron Jeffs
Te purakau tutahi? (The whole story?)
Heramaahina Eketone, Jesse-James Pickery, Emma Wyeth
A Conglomeration of Stilts: An Artistic Investigation of Hybridity
Michelle Wilkinson, Natalie Forsdick
A Delicate Balance: Conservation Genetics of Black Fronted Terns
Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann, Becky Cameron
Ties That Bind
Marion Wassenaar, Tanya Major
Honeycomb Jewels
Brittany Sue Mason
Kaki Reared and Sampled
Natalie Forsdick, Madsion Kelly
The Answers Lie Within our Hands
Josephine Waring
Exploring Genetic Cues to Solve the Gout Mystery
Padmini Parthasarathy
The GENE-ration Game
Pamela McKinlay, Jesse-James Pickery, Julia Horsfield
It’s Written in your DNA — Or is it?
Pamela McKinlay, Christine Keller, Julia Horsfield
Amy Dowdle, Jo St Baker
Who Am I?
Megan Griffiths
Genetics in Alzheimer's Disease
Jodi Morrissey
Beauty is the Beast
Susan Nunn, Iain Lamont
Exhibition Installation: Art and Genetics Project 2017 Exhibition
Art and Genetics Exhibition
Exposing an Art Audience to Science: Art and Space Exhibition Case Study
Lesley Brook
The Dual Matrix of Life: On Genetic Science, Art and the Truth Games of the “Third Culture”
Pravu Mazumdar