DNA 50 Four Plus: Writing DNA
- By: Irina Haivas
This exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA takes us beyond science into a vivid representation of the personalities involved. Ten artists use visual, literary, and digital media to present fresh perspectives on the discovery and to show science as social history, science as passion.
The exhibition is structured like a quest. On entering, visitors get a map and have to guide themselves through two buildings to find various artworks at different locations. Along the way the personalities of the four scientists who sought to solve the puzzle of the DNA molecule emerge.
Two of the scientists, Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, used x ray images to probe DNAs three dimensional structure. Wilkins shared Franklins results with the other two, Francis Crick and James Watson, who applied them to their own studies and unfolded the mystery. But when, in 1953, their discovery was published