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Cellout.me: What does it mean to own someone else’s DNA data?


Jeroen van Loon, Cellout.me, exhibition view at Aksioma Project Space. Photo: Jure Goršič / Aksioma

Jeroen van Loon, Cellout.me, exhibition view at Aksioma Project Space. Photo: Jure Goršič / Aksioma

At the end of 2015, artist Jeroen van Loon offered his entire DNA data – 380 GB of personal data – for auction. The starting price was an extravagant 0 euro. Anyone could place a bid through www.cellout.me. A year later, the auction closed and the artist’s full genome sold for 1100 euros to the Verbeke Foundation.

The highest bidder had just acquired an installation composed of the server cabinet where the data are stored, framed pictures documenting the DNA extracting and encoding processes, four letters written by experts as well something more difficult to fully grasp: an individual’s entire DNA self-portrait.

Submit your work for SAAM Arcade 2018: Game on!

SAAM Arcade attendees playing video games in the Kogod Courtyard. (Daniel Schwartz Photography, 2017)

It’s that time again! The Smithsonian American Art Museum is inviting all independent video game developers to submit their work to the museum’s fourth annual SAAM Arcade. This program is part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to the study and interpretation of video games as part of the national visual culture. We believe video games inspire interaction between players and creators and offer a compelling performance space, activated by artists and players alike. Our groundbreaking exhibition, The Art of Video Games (2012), was one of the first to explore the evolution of video games as an artistic medium.

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