All things evolve to respond to contextual conditions in which they exist. All things will pass if they do not evolve. Animals, plants, technology and cities are in a state of evolution at a naturally determined pace.
We are in an age where it is possible to edit the very DNA from which all living things are created. Technologies such as CRISPR facilitate the biological re-programming of living things. Evolutionary changes that once took a millennia can now by achieved through science and machines in a generation. Just because we can does it mean we should? The consequences of creating unnatural phenomena through human assisted evolution are still largely unexplored. Designed innovation is not the same as designed evolution. The renaturation exhibit discusses the ideas around evolution, taking inspiration from the process of cytokinesis – how cells are formed.
Renaturation is a dynamic piece which will evolve over the course of Singaplural 2019. It will grow, move and transform as time passes. Renaturation begins as a series of individual cells. As time passes renaturation evolves dynamically, through changes in shape, colour and finish, simulating what might take place in a laboratory experiment. In the future it is foreseeable that the evolution of a species could take place through crowdsourcing.
Renaturation invites visitors to the exhibit to interact and contribute to its organic evolution. What happens when the masses have the opportunity to participate in the evolution of an organism?