Created in collaboration with Icelandic composer Páll Ragnar Pálsson, a self playing piano performs alongside a video projection moving through a landscape of microscopic JCVI-Syn 3A cells. These so called ‘Minimal Cells’ contain the least amount of genes to possibly sustain life. They are referred to by their creator, John Craig Venter, as the first complete human-made life and the beginning of ‘digital biology’ – their genetic code having been created by a digitalized gene pool. Pálsson composed a piece of music for piano, soprano and violin inspired by video footage of these cells as well as by the poem ‘Sterne im März’ by Ingeborg Bachmann (1953). Performed for the exhibition opening with live musicians Tui Hirv (voice), Dr. Nanna Koch (violin), Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir (piano), the piano then remembered and repeated the initial performance alongside the projection.
With kind support of Kunstverein Heilbronn and Stefan Diller (scanning electron microscopy).
Páll Ragnar Pálsson and Andreas Greiner, Kunstverein Heilbronn (DE) 2018