DNA Sonification Workshop

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Date(s) - 09/11/2019
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo St, Vancouver, BC


Are you curious about data sonification? Wondering how music theory and DNA sequences could converge to create a work of art and science? Join us to explore more!

Note: Participants will receive complimentary admission into the Collisions Festival: Invasive Systems (art-science festival).

In this DNA sonification workshop, participants will learn the process of DNA barcoding of invasive plant species, and how to sonify DNA sequences with basic music theory and MIDI freeware. Participants will also get hands-on experience in amplying specific genetic regions in plants through polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a step necessary in preparing samples for DNA barcoding.

This workshop will be led by artist Laara Cerman and scientist Scott Pownall, whose art-science collaborative work “Flora’s Song No. 1 in C Major” will be on exhibit during Collisions Festival: Invasive Systems. Laara and Scott will also share their process of working together, and how decisions were made to arrive at their collaborative work of art and science.

This workshop is part of the Collisions Festival: Invasive Systems (art-science festival). Due to workshop space, the capacity of this workshop will be capped at 12 people.

For more information about the festival, including artist/scientist biographies, visit the festival website.


We acknowledge that Collisions Festival and its events take place on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for the opportunity to live and work on this land.

Banner image by Wisrgallery via Wikipedia Commons.

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