Archive for March, 2011
Posted in DNA Ancestry, DNA Art in the News by Adrian on March 29th, 2011

Unplggd DNA11 Review

Apartment Therapy’s technology-focused sub-brand Unplggd has a great review of the DNA Ancestry Portrait on their blog today.

Blogger Joelle Alcaidinho, whose family didn’t have great ancestry records, found out a lot about her maternal lineage through DNA 11’s DNA Ancestry Portrait, and has a pretty cool piece of art to show off in the process.

QR Tag & DNA: DNA 11 Ancestry Portraits via Apartment Therapy – Unplggd

If you are looking for a piece of art that is unique and a bit geeky, the Ancestry Portrait is just the thing.

The DNA Ancestry Portrait received a Strong Recommend rating in the review which continues the momentum that this ground-breaking product is having on the overlapping worlds of art, design, science and technology.

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Posted in Art+Science by Adrian on March 10th, 2011


I came across this very cool Movie Bar Code art on Twitter, the above image is the movie Inception, with a twist.

Unfortunately there is no indication who the artist is but what they do it take all the frames of a particular movie and compress them into one big print that acts as a kind of film DNA.

What I found most interesting was comparing the various films to see which ones had the most color, there’s a lot of black and brown in movies apparently. Not surprisingly Bambi was one of the most colorful while The Matrix is notable for how you can pick out the scenes where they are in the system (The Wachowski brothers used a green filter on scenes where the characters are in the artificial world of The Matrix).

This particular Tumblr blog was only started in February so keep checking back to see which films they feature next.

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Posted in Art+Science by Adrian on March 4th, 2011

What could be more scientific (and fun!) than blowing things up? London artist Alexandre Farto takes the science of explosions to the next level by creating some amazing precision explosive wall murals.

Boom goes the dynamite – murals made with precision explosives via Hack a Day

[Alexandre Farto] is known for some off the wall art displays, but his newest work takes the phrase literally. Using precisely placed explosive charges, he has been sculpting portraits and other murals on walls in various places around London.

The detail at which he is able to produce these images is incredible, considering he is blowing chunks of plaster and brick from walls to form them. We can only guess as to how much preparation time is required to finish even one of these images, let alone to amass the stunning portfolio he has put together.

The embedded video above is a collaboration between Farto and musician Orelha Negra and proves that science can be both fun and beautiful. Check out more of Farto’s work at

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