Origami Mutations 2016
This is new work by BCL, an “artistic research framework” led by Georg Tremmel and Shiho Fukuhara. There is an origami crane hanging from the ceiling, made from Kenpoku-made Nishinouchi washi paper, which in fact contains the latest in bioart. By infusing the washi paper with “DNA origami,” nano-sized structures made by folding DNA chains, this artwork bears a double meaning: origami made of DNA origami. The process of string-shaped DNA (one dimension) turning under a certain temperature into DNA origami (three dimensions), and kouzo fiber (one dimension) becoming washi paper (two dimensions) then into origami (three dimensions) are linked in this work. As DNA is transcribed into RNA, and the resultant amino acids become proteins, the process of folding creates life. At the former Natural Recreation Village Management Center in Hitachiota city, there is an installation involving multiple origami.
DNA Origami: Hiroyuki Fujino
Lab Equipment: Philipp Boeing, Bento Bio
Photo: Martin Hieslmair