Origami Mutations 2016
This is new work by the “artistic research framework” BCL, which is led by Georg Tremmel and Shiho Fukuhara. There are origami cranes hanging from the ceiling, made of Kenpoku-made Nishinouchi washi paper. These in fact incorporate the latest in bioart. Made of washi paper infused with “DNA origami,” nano-sized structures made by folding DNA chains, these are origami made of DNA origami. Using the origami crane as a three-dimensional model, origami was first made with synthetic DNA origami along this model under specific temperature conditions. The resultant DNA origami was then mutated, propagated, dissolved in sterilized water, soaked into the washi paper, which was then folded into a crane. This artwork proposes a new direction for art, combining traditional washi paper with synthetic biology. There is a parallel exhibition in Reijunkan in Daigo too.
DNA Origami: Hiroyuki Fujino
Lab Equipment: Philipp Boeing, Bento Bio
Photo: Martin Hieslmair