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FACULTY OF CULTURE AND SOCIETY | Seminar
DNA at Play: Flows of facts and fictions in the field of recreational genetics

Wednesday 12 June, 13:00 - 15:00
STORM, A122, Orkanen, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10
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Maria Hellström Reimer & Tania Ruiz: DNA at Play: Flows of facts and fictions in the field of recreational genetics

In this seminar, Maria Hellström Reimer, Professor in Design in theory and practice at K3, and Tania Ruiz, Maître de conference/Associate Professor at Université de Paris 8, researcher at TEAMeD, and honorary doctor at MAU, will present their project “DNA at Play: flows of facts and fictions in the field of recreational genetics”. The seminar will be combined with a show at STORM of material that has previously been exhibited in Paris in October 2023.

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DNA at Play. Flows of facts and fictions in the field of recreational genetics

The purpose of this artistic and digital humanities research project is the close examination of popular genealogy platforms and so called “recreational DNA” services, legal in Sweden but banned in France. Through an interdisciplinary, arts-oriented, action research approach, the project focuses on and intervenes with the complex representational practices – storytelling, AI-generated animation, data visualization – that sustain these services. The aim is to shed light on the proliferation of biometric technologies and the commercialization of genetic data and explore how these services might affect our perception of place, identity, and belonging.