23.05.14 by Jeff

Giveaway: Art Created From Your DNA


This week’s giveaway is something completely different; art generated from your very own DNA. Fast Company, and Vice recently wrote about a New York-based company called Genetic Ink offering wall-ready art sequenced from a swab of the cheek. The service is not limited to humans either, DNA from dogs and cats works as well.

I can see this freaking out as many people as it will fascinate. I remember artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg raised eyebrows with her series of 3D faces generated from DNA found on gum, cigarettes, and hair that she picked up off the street.

Generative art based on personal data has to be the most relevant depiction of the times we are living in. This is the age of algorithms, data visualisation, and everything private made public. I would love to see this data interpreted in completely different styles; perhaps less design-y and more painterly. DNA as a Kandinsky painting could be cool.

If you wanna know what you’d look like as a piece of generative art, we’re giving away a personalized print (24×32). What’s the most amazing use of science in art that you’ve seen? Leave a comment with your answer and we’ll pick a winner on Friday, June 6th.






Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Rachael

    What an AWESOME giveaway. The coolest example of art in science I’ve seen is a scientist who specializes in autophagy and wanted to express it’s process via diferent forms of art. I attended his seminar where he had choreographed dancers express the mechanism of autophagy. He also had a musician assign different notes to each of the amino acids in all of the proteins used in autophagy, and then had him create a symphony to express autophagy musically. Very cool.
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • This is So Cool!!! I know an artist/biologist/environmental activist names Brandon Ballengee who created these AWSOME light up sculptures that acted as visual works as well as attractor certain species of bugs that he would then collect and do his biological work upon!

  • tia

    A decade ago I remember being fascinated by crochet illustrations of hyperbolic geometry. Not too sciency. You’d think an art teacher with a BS would pay more attention to the relationship between Art and science.

  • Paul Mullin

    One of my favorite uses of science (in this case, technology, specifically) is what a gentleman named Hal Lasko does. He is a 98-year old, former graphic designer with wet macular degeneration, but he was able to continue his artistic career thanks to MS Paint – he zooms in and goes pixel by pixel to create some quite beautiful pieces.

  • Joe

    I had to go back and search around the web for these because they’re from way back in 2006:

    Simon Hall at the University of Bristol (http://www.mrs.org/s06-science-as-art-winners/) won a competition for his microscopic photos of bryozoa (tiny marine invertebrates) making funny faces. In terms of science in art I feel like you can’t beat the Hubble Space Telescope for pure awe – but it takes some real creativity to find something this cheeky and present it in such a fun way. I can tell he must have been studying these, staring at them day after day through a microscope in some generic lab, then on some loopy afternoon he started seeing faces in there and from then on couldn’t help but see faces in all of them.

  • levlevlev

    BRAINBOW has got to take the cake for being both mind-blowing in it’s approach, and gorgeous in its execution. Two transgenic mice strains are crossed, one containing Cre recombinase, and another containing several LoxP sites in its genetic code – when these sites intersect, the genetic code in between is expressed. In this case, the code in between the LoxP sites codes for fluorescent proteins, adapted from glowing jellyfish. The random recombination of genetic code that occurs when mice strains are crossed and bred generates this random coloured pattern of fluorescent protein expression. Each blob is a neuron in the hippocampus dendate gyrus. Science and art are not mutually exclusive :)

  • I’ve seen embroidery with human hair, paintings and drawings with blood, sculptures made from human bone – but this is so much cooler because it is not “gross” or weird in any way, just plain beautiful!

  • Michelle Shaw

    The most amazing example I’ve seen was print work based on human blood cells during leukaemia, I remember seeing this work when I was studying Fine Art at uni, and being a survivor of childhood leukaemia myself, I found it fascinating.

  • K Porter

    Damien Hirst…

  • Merve

    Rafael-Lozano Hemmer does beautiful interactive installations (in the context of a collective community) with human voices, images, fingerprints and even breaths, keeps you and your mind busy for hours :)

  • JPDL

    Josiah McElheny explores cosmology, history and politics in blown glass.
    I was particularly taken with his blown glass representations of universes. The dimensions and placement of the components all relate to scientific properties.
    I was able to see this at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2012.

  • Teemu Syrjälä

    What an interesting and inspiring consept that is! I assume not a single piece of this art is similar, assuming the DNA sample is from a diploid organism. Fascinating!

    I was checking this one book called Flash Math Creativity out around 2003, fell in love with it and bought it in a heartbeat. The book introduces various coders who create moving as well as still images by mathematics and technology (coding flash, duh!). The work created can be anything from the simplest of dots and patterns to the most intricate and inspiring graphic and mathematical designs. These can be achieved by creating a basic piece of code and iterate it. I don’t know anything about coding but that doesn’t stop me from picking up the book from my shelf every now and then, glancing through the pages and wowing myself, even 11 years later!

  • Daneisha

    This! I can’t think of any other science inspired art right now, as it is late. But this is really amazing!

  • Jonathan mthsn

    Interesting work! Would love the giveaway!!
    Jonathan Keats expo on cloning multicellular beings iow. Humans in yeast, single cellular – spoke to me in a way.

  • P.

    I love science! And art! And my favourite application of both is in everyone’s favourite – food. My reco is all things Modernist Cuisine. Food is science is art.

  • TheMatrixDNA

    Intersection between science and art will be very fruitful, creative, learning the new Matrix/DNA Theory world view and its models of natural architectures. We need understand that working Nature is all about organization of matter/energy into “dynamic, living systems”, and now, the theory has discovered the fundamental universal formula for each existent natural system. For example: yours own hands were built by that formula, as every sub-systems, every acessories of yours body. You never had noticed it, but… the shapes and functionality of yours fingers mimics the shapes and functionality of yours entire body being transformed by the process of life’s cycle. The palm is the central tool of creation ( F1 in the formula), the minor finger is the baby, the other fingers is the baby changing shapes till the last one, the senior “polegar”.

    So, only with this sample we can imagine lots of theatrical presentations for explaining each meaning of each detail of human body. But, using the formula, we can mimics theatrically each detail from atoms to galaxies.

    Power paint is a mechanical product mimicking the mechanical aspect of Nature when a system is a closed system. Dance and other productions from human brain is the living biological product mimicking the aspect of opened systems. Computer simulations are leaving human specie to fit into the model as closed system, described by Huxley, Orwell, as the Admirable New World under the Big Brother. The tentative for art simulations is the other way, the one that could keep our mind from that slavery. Congratulations to the authors…

  • Torni

    I so want one of these!
    The most amazing (and kinda scary) use of science in art is by a real cyborg I met called Neil Harbisson. Born with Achromatopsia (colour blindness), Neil created a way to hear colour and create beautiful art to what he hears, including colours invisible to the human eye. His work is of colour in sounds of faces, cities, food and everything around him, I could talk about him for ages he is truly fascinating and his work is fantastic once you realise what it is! Check him out – http://chromatology.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/neil-harbisson-sonochromatic-cyborg-artist/

  • Torni

    The most amazing science in art is by a cyborg met called Neil Harbisson. Born with Achromatopsia (colour blindness), he had surgery enabling him to hear colour. He has in turn re created the colour wheel to true colours we really see, eats his favourite songs and creates fascinating art depicting the true colours of cities, faces and everything around him. He can even hear colour which is invisible to the human eye. I could talk about this guy for hours – check him out!


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23.05.17 by Jeff

Kutcorners for OURO Collective

OURO Collective – photo by Teppei Tanabe


This week Vancouver-based dance collective OURO is debuting their first full-length show “Tangent” at the Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th), and we are proud to be a media partner for the event. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration come check this out, we’ll be at both shows! Tickets are going quick, so if you’re interested get tickets HERE!

Yesterday we shared a clip of OURO’s rehearsal footage (watch here) and today we have an interview with Kutcorners, who created three original tracks for “Tangent”. The New Zealand-born, Vancouver-based producer is one half of LIVE EVIL, the guys that made all those amazing live mixes we featured over the years (watch one here). You can stream or download the music Kutcorners created for OURO on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.


Vancouver producer, Kutcorners – photo by Hana Pesut


Jeff Hamada: How would you describe the music you make?

Kutcorners: This is always a hard question, because I actually like to make many different types of music. But ultimately things under “Kutcorners” usually are a derivative of R&B music, old or new, with a twist.

I sometimes say I make “pop” music, but my music isn’t really that popular in the traditional sense. More like “pop art” really.

Jeff Hamada: I like the idea that it’s pop art. Who are some of the artists influencing you right now?

Kutcorners: Mura Masa, Toro Y Moi or Les Sins, Caribou, Dj Dahi, Knxwledge, Pomo, Kaytranada, U-Tern (Oliver), Nosaj Thing, Prince and MJ will inspire me forever.


If you don’t have Spotify you can listen to the tracks here.


Jeff Hamada: Had you ever collaborated with dancers prior to this project with OURO?

Kutcorners: No, this is the first time and I hope to do more of it.

Jeff Hamada: That would be cool to see an on-going thing. How would you describe the work that they’re creating?

Kutcorners: I would describe it as a melange of disciplines coming together to form a modern take on traditional dance performance. It’s very refreshing and inspiring work.

Jeff Hamada: Can you talk a little bit about the experience of watching their rehearsals and then turning that into sounds?

Kutcorners: Well, we talked a lot about sounds they like when they rehearse, which gave me inspiration to draw from idea I had started already, and also on some new arrangements.

Getting people to describe sounds they like can be quite hard, because people hear sounds and articulate them differently from person to person. It’s fun to hear how we all describe the sounds we like and how they affect movement.



Jeff Hamada: Did this experience offer any sort of new perspective on your work?

Kutcorners: Yeah, it showed me that I make movements in music too quick! It’s more effective to use little sounds and build things slowly rather than to cram everything in to a 3-minute song.

Dance is very much related to how music works and why it’s made. In retrospect, I would have benefitted from dancing more in my life. It really helps connect you to the physical side of music, which is so important when creating it.

Jeff Hamada: What things are you working on now?

Kutcorners: I’m working on making more original music for my own releases, which I plan to put out on record and online. Working with singers too, to help bring these instrumentals to life.


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OURO Collective Website

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23.05.17 by Staff

Los Angeles Warehouse Transformed into a 150,000 Square Foot Art Exhibition

British artist Simon Birch and a team of 20 collaborators have constructed an elaborate series of interconnected installations in a vacant warehouse on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles. Covering 3 acres of space with a mix of sculpture, video, paintings and performance pieces, the exhibition is a direct response to the current political climate. A celebration of creativity, diversity and unity, Birch explains: “Given the current fragile state of the world, we need unity more than ever… and we need action.”

While encouraging positivity, possibility and a safe space for people to come together, The 14th Factory is exactly that — a call to action that doesn’t shy away from provoking a response (or at least an Instagram photo). One installation is an exact replica of the iconic room from 2001: A Space Odyssey, while another is filled with 300 pitchforks hanging from the ceiling above the guests!

Check out more images from the project below or on display at 440 N. Ave 19 Los Angeles, California until May 31.

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22.05.17 by Jeff

Booooooom TV Guide

Lots of new videos to check out on our video platform, Booooooom TV, and be sure to check out all our director interviews in the feature section. Here’s a few to check out this week:


1 – Watch: “Coeur Croisé” – The art direction in this is A+.

2 – Watch: “Disillusionment of 10 Point Font” – One of our favs this year!

3 – Watch: “Orion” – not exactly sure how they created this effect.

4 – Watch: “Hills Beyond a River” – a mesmerizing journey through a city.

5 – Watch: “A Continuous Shape” – lovely portrait of a stone carver.



22.05.17 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Justin Bauer

A selection of artwork and images by Los Angeles-based Justin Bauer. More work below.

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22.05.17 by Jeff

Vancouver-Based OURO Collective Present “Tangent”

Last week we shot some rehearsal footage of our friends, Vancouver-based dance collective OURO, as they prepared for their first full-length show, “Tangent”. The group has spent the past year exploring movements from each member’s diverse dance background to create a story. Their unique voice is a combination of street and contemporary dance twisted into a language all its own.

For this show they’ve also collaborated with Vancouver artist Kutcorners to create original music inspired by their movements. You can listen to Tangent HERE or on iTunes and it’ll be released on Spotify shortly!

We are proud to be a media partner for OURO’s two performances this week at Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th). If you live in Vancouver come check it out! Their work is fun, accessible and inspiring, regardless of your knowledge of dance. There are only two performances and tickets are going fast (previous shows on Granville Island sold out completely).

Tickets: Get your tickets HERE.


OURO Collective Website

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