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April - August 2001
The 14 Trees exhibited in the Exploratrium.
Paradise Now was a group show that collected the work of 39 artists who examine "the meaning and implications of .... genetic research". OneTree was represented by six of the paradox clones. The clones were exhibited side by side to demonstrate the differences that have emerged despite the same genetic material and having been raised in identical environmental conditions. The exhibition title captured the utopian tenor of the show. A longer discussion of this show and a panel response can be found at the Paradise Now / Invest Now site (http://cat.nyu.edu/investnow/).
The paradox clones were placed on exhibit as part of Ecotopias, an exhibit at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco between November 14, 1998 and January 3, 1999.
The punch line of this exhibition demonstrated that the clones, though kept in identical sterile conditions, though generated from the same biological material - were all quite different. Note the different branching patterns, leaf numbers, internodal lengths etc, are quite different. This paradox frames the indeterminacy of genetic information, empirically exhibits the open source quality of this genetic 'code', unequivocally complicates the simple genetic causality that dominates the public imagination.