The interactive macro sculpture by the artist Claud Hesse
For the exhibition "Human genome. What makes us unique "
At MUSE-Museum of Science

From 24 February 2018 to 6 January 2019
MUSE Museum of Science-Trento
Inauguration: Friday, February 23, 5.30 p.m.

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DNA EPIGEN is an artwork that wants to be provoked. In the context of the exhibition "Human genome. What makes us unique" at MUSE, the artist Claud Hesse brings an interactive macro sculpture where the audience becomes the real protagonist. A real twist that comes at the end of the course, the work urges visitors to introduce important mutations in the state of the work, becoming their own artificers. "Epigenic" keywords which illustrate impacts on the human genome, are shown on a maxi tablet; through the choice of them, the observer can turn DNA EPIGEN from quiet and harmonious to an active state. In this way, one by one, the secret contents are kept in the "epigenetic cubes" embedded in this significant macro fragment of DNA, to tell interactively and always different the imprint that experiences and lifestyles can impress on the DNA And that are studied, precisely, by the epigenetic.

Claud Hesse, a visual artist who lives at work between Italy and Berlin, is called "the DNA artist". She has always worked on the issues of genetics and is known for having conceived and realized the project of DNA PORTRAIT (real portraits ad personam of the genotype of various people, many of them illustrious) participating in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad and winning several awards. The primary field of inspiration of his artistic research has always been genetics, biology and physics, thematics present in a latent way in his works, so much to find continually references, which are also enriched with refined philosophical concepts and deep inner reflections.
Its work, DNA EPIGEN - made specifically for the MUSE and for the Human genome exhibition - uses the imaginative language of the art for these complex and important themes with a scientific deepening; the public is called to get involved and discover the concepts of epigenetic.
A must-see, at MUSE, from Friday 23 February 2018 to 6 January 2019.

Why are people all different? Where do talents come from? Why some age in an enviable way and some others, unfortunately, no? Why does life have a biological term and how can we prevent disease? From 24 February 2018 at the MUSE-Museum of the Sciences of Trento, the exhibition "Human genome. What makes us unique " faces questions that affect us deeply and on which, today, is focused an important and promising field of biological research. The exhibition is the main project for the year 2018 with which the museum confirms its role as a centre for mediation of Scientific knowledge that aims to make its public more aware, to offer new communicative modalities to understand complex scientific themes, discriminate and choose among the offers of modern biology.
"Human genome" will therefore be a real journey among the new challenges offered by genomics-a constantly evolving science that does not fail to arouse questions and doubts even on the ethical level-with a focus on opportunities and risks stemming from the application of new knowledge to particularly sensitive areas such as health. Thanks to an interactive and immersive path - with numerous multimedia supports and exhibit that can touch the deepest chords of personal sensibility, through video and multi-projections of great scenic impact and the mediation of the art - the exhibition will address three fundamental questions on the human genetic heritage: how much DNA counts, what other factors intervene in its definition (e.g. environment and lifestyles), how and how much we can intervene to modify it. A change of scale, from macro to micro, which however does not overlook the human and social component, will bring the public to explore a fascinating world that we keep within ourselves and that makes us what we are: unique.

Why an exhibition on the genome?
The study of our genome and the one of other species, supported by the evolution of increasingly sophisticated technologies, envisages future possible solutions to improve the quality of life. These include, for example, the increase in longevity and the prevention and treatment of numerous pathologies.
At the same time, its development brings with it new questions that invest choices and personal and social decisions. In fact, promises, hopes and expectations are accompanied by uncertainties about the real efficacy and potential risks, giving rise to many doubts of an ethical, legal and economic nature.
This is the case for example of tests on our DNA, now available to anyone on-line and outside of medical facilities, which promise to bring us to the discovery of our origins and provide data (difficult to interpret for those who are not ' work attendant ') on Possible predispositions to diseases.
Moreover, the media dissemination of unreliable information, especially in the medical field, often hinders a profitable public debate.
The Human Genome exhibition urges the public to reflect on the reality and the problems of a constantly evolving science, always keeping attention on ethical aspects and promoting a critical approach.

For the exhibition "Human genome. What makes us unique " we thank
Main Sponsor: Itas Mutua Assicurazioni
Special Sponsor: Zobele Holding Spa

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