Co-founded in 2018 by CalArtian Amanda Vincelli (Art MFA 17), who also serves as the organization’s program director, the organization serves as a test site that supports “a diverse community of cultural workers through accessible public programming, educational initiatives and space residencies.” The 0.1% program explores questions raised by the rise of consumer genetic testing companies like 23andMe, popularized in recent years by the “lifelogging” movement.
“Our DNA – the script of our lives – is 99.9% the same across the human species,” states the official press release. “But differences in the remaining 0.1% hold important clues to who we are as individuals – a reality that begat the ‘quantified self’ movement. The movement, also known as “lifelogging,” describes the trend towards using technology to acquire data on aspects of a person’s daily life, with the goal of improving physical, mental, and/or emotional performance.”
0.1% kicks off with an opening lecture, Race, Genetics and the 0.1%, on Thursday, Nov. 7, presented by Dr. Aaron Panofsky and Dr. Terence Keel from the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. On Sunday, Nov. 10, attendees can join an exhibition walk-through with curators Dr. Yewande Pearse, a neuroscientist, and Vincelli; participating artists Em Minyard Oppman and Analisa Teachworth; and Trinity College Professor of Philosophy Dr. Dan Lloyd.
The program is complemented by a collaborative zine created with science media company Massive Science about the impact of genomic studies across racial, gender and political axes.
“With evermore access to our genetic information, the 0.1% exhibition explores what it means to uncover the genetic roots of who we are and who we could be,” state the organizers.
See here for more information and the full program schedule.
Thursday, Nov. 7 – Monday, Nov. 11
1611 South Hope St., Los Angeles
Free, with RSVP