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Trust Me, I’m an Artist: DNA Ancestry Testing with Larry Achiampong and David Blandy

7-12-17 18:30
Arts Catalyst, 74-76 Cromer Street, London

Ancestry DNA testing has been widely embraced as a new way to understand our identity. But how does this removal of identity from its narrative and social dimension impact on understandings of race and relationships? And what is the scientific validity of this testing?

As part of a new project with Arts Catalyst, artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy are each taking multiple Ancestry DNA tests. In this special event, the artists will present their findings and discuss the bioethical issues with a specially convened ethics committee of medical experts, geneticists and artists, chaired by ethicist Professor Bobbie Farsides.

This event forms part of Dreamed Native Ancestry (DNA), an installation and programme critically addressing and re-thinking contemporary issues around race, migration, biopolitics and culture, through an Afrofuturist science fiction narrative and deep history perspective.

Organised in the framework of Trust Me, I’m an Artist, a European programme examining ethical issues that arise in relation to issues raised by modern biomedicine and genomics and their use by artists.

Tickets are £5