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Name  Joe Davis

Role  Artist
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Joe Davis (born 1951) is a research affiliate in the Department of Biology at MIT, and in the George Church Laboratory at Harvard Medical School. His research and art includes work in the fields of molecular biology, bioinformatics, "space art", and sculpture, using media including centrifuges, radios, prosthetics, magnetic fields, and genetic material. Davis' teaching positions have been at MIT and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

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Davis' works include the sculpture Earth Sphere, a landmark fog fountain at Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, near the MIT campus; RuBisCo Stars, a transmission of a message to nearby stars from the Arecibo Observatory radiotelescope in Puerto Rico, carried out in November 2009; New Age Ruby Falls, a project to create an artificial aurora using a 100,000 watt electron beam fired into the magnetosphere from a NASA space shuttle (which has not yet been carried out); and Microvenus, a piece of symbolic art involving engineering the genetic code of a microbe.

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Significance

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Davis' work has been featured in scientific journals, art magazines, and mainstream media—including Scientific American, Nature magazine, and several books. Additionally, Davis has contributed to projects associated with the DIYbio movement . He is frequently invited to speak at universities, labs, and art institutes. Davis' life was further detailed in a feature-length documentary entitled Heaven and Earth and Joe Davis. Davis has had many media appearances including being mocked twice on the Colbert Report. A segment was also produced on Nova. In 2001, the Washington Post termed Davis the "éminence grise of the 'BioArt' movement", saying further, "Davis eschews the art versus science argument, insisting that he speaks both languages and could not possibly tear the two disciplines apart in his own mind".

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Davis' work has further significance in documenting and critiquing early attempts at steganographic encoding of culturally important messages and images for future generations or extraterrestrial cultures. Davis has stated that he does not wish to create "green rabbits or purple dogs", but rather to manipulate the reams of silent, "junk DNA" that comprise more than 90% of an organism's genetic code.

Other works

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  • Audio Microscope - a microscope that translates light information into sound allowing you to "hear" living cells, each with its own "acoustic signature"
  • Experiments with how E. coli respond to jazz, and other sounds, with Adam Zaretsky
  • Putting a map of the Milky Way into the ear of a transgenic mouse
  • "Primordial" clocks - a project surrounding a theory that life spontaneously self-assembled
  • Plans for channeling lightning bolts into a pulsed laser of almost unparalleled energy and into towering sculptures that would change the bolts' color and emit incredibly loud tones
  • Poetica Vaginal - a signal sent to several nearby star systems fashioned from the sound of vaginal contractions
  • Malus ecclesia - encoding the English Wikipedia into the apple tree genome to create a living, literal tree of knowledge
  • References

    Joe Davis (artist) Wikipedia


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