"Be The Media!" North Troy Subject Inversion Center

Date(s) - Saturday 10/19/2013 - 10/20/2013
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

With a DIY Laboratory created in the Sanctuary cafe, artist Vanouse will guide participants through the process of DNA extraction, amplification, and photography.

We’ll learn the processes of how the criminal justice maniupulates these techniques, and how misinformation in popular culture about DNA fingerprinting endangers personal privacy and criminalizes people of color and low-income populations.

Participants who paticipate in the full process will receive a free t-shirt with their DNA profile!


*Although Paul would like participants to go throughout the entire process, he invites those interested who are not available for the entire workshop to drop in at any time.

SATURDAY 1-5pm  Through direct work in a DIY Lab, we wil sample our DNA and create our own DNA portraits. Through this scientific process, Paul will demonstrate how DNA imaging can vary depending on different laboratory techniques. *@ the Sanctuary.

SATURDAY 7pm CAMPFIRE: Join Paul Vanouse as he continues his DIY Lab using a campfire.  Paul will talk about Polymerase Chain Reactions. PCR is a technology of “self-discovery,” or less optimistically, authoritarian identification. It has replaced the original DNA fingerprinting methods in many cases, including massive government DNA databases such as the US FBI’s CODIS project. *@ “the L-Lot, corner of 6th Ave. and Glen, behind the Hot Spot!

SUNDAY 1-5pm: In the DIY Lab, we will continue the scientific process of creating our DNA portrait. We will finalize the process with an image which will be readied to iron on to a T-Shirt!  *@ the Sanctuary.


REGISTER at: mediasanctuary.org/workshopregistration

For more information, or to find out about scholarship opportunities, e-mail [email protected] or call (518) 272-2390

More about Paul Vanouse

Paul Vanouse is an artist working in Emerging Media forms.  Radical interdisciplinarity and impassioned amateurism guide his practice. Since the early 1990s his artwork has addressed complex issues raised by varied new techno-sciences using these very techno-sciences as a medium.  His artworks have included data collection devices that examine the ramifications of polling and categorization, genetic experiments that undermine scientific constructions of race and identity, and temporary organizations that playfully critique institutionalization and corporatization.