In memory of my friend Tharit Reed Tothong,
that gifted me the first musical box for this project.
How could the last music we will ever write together as species is going to sound like? How the sounds of DNA could help us to reflect about extinction?
Symphony for the sixth Extinction is a unique symphony created by living beings DNA in which one could listen to a conversation between different life forms. Aims to use sound to reflect about the presence and absence of species and about the interconnections of life and her existence in earth.
At the moment there are 10 music boxes with DNA fragments of various species such as vegetables, humans, virus, bacteria, mammals, birds, among others. Each music box reproduces DNA sounds through a perforated paper that shows PCR amplified DNA fragments in agarose gel.
The interaction occurs both analog and digital. The first one in the the manual and intuitive reproduction of the music box. The second one when the installation senses that someone take the box and it activates a projection of the specie the music box is playing. Thus the more people are joining the symphony the most species one can hear and see together.
This project is derived from 2014 project Genetic Conversations: https://diana-sanchez.com/2017/11/25/genetic-conversations/