Arranged in 3.2 billion pairs, the four bases adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C) and guanine (G) make up the human genetic information stored in chromosomes. These combinations are the starting point of an extensive artistic concept that transposes art into the rules of biology.
Four views of a found (everyday) object are recorded in photos, each assigned to a base and serialised according to the sequence of bases only recently resolved (e.g. AATCTG...). In order to be able to transpose the 3.2 billion base pairs into forms of artistic representation, Jörg Schlick has decided to live for another 10,000 years.
To begin with, he has created approx. 1000 new works for steirischer herbst 2001. These and contributions supplied by students of Graz University of Technology and FH Graz (including the "park" project with its "park office, a one-time stamp shop, as its centre) will be on show at a total of 16 venues. In addition, there will be 3 ELECTRIC GALLERIES (Galerie für 30 Tage, Galerie & Edition Artelier, Galerie Kunst & Handel, as of 2 p.m.), the video project *.VGA (9 p.m.) and a party (starting at 10 p.m.) on the opening day.
In the spirit of a comprehensive work concept, other projects are also based on genetic patterns – the sets and costumes for the ballet "An image and its shadow" and the production of Schlick’s 2nd symphony.