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Haus of electronic Arts – HeK at Liste Art Fair

duration: 16.06.2015 – 21.06.2015
At Liste Art Fair Basel HeK – House of Electronic Arts presents four artistic positions:

Aram Bartholl, Constant Dullaart, Raquel Meyers and Evan Roth under the title PEBKAC IMHO.

“Search the web for ‘iPhone reverse product placement’, and you will find a clip from the first ‘Sex and the City’ movie (2008), in which the character Carrie gets handed an iPhone and shrieks; “I don’t know how to work this’. Shot the year the first Apple smartphone was released, the clip overtly illustrates our current relationship to technology. Carrie was not in the know, did not understand popular technology. Left at the altar, not in control of her life, not able to master new technology. We as the viewer do want to understand how technology works, want control, not be left at the altar, and get an iPhone.

‘Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair’, abbreviated to PEBKAC, is an expression used in tech support culture since the mid nineties. A derogatory term for a human error being the reason for the customer to seek assistance. Abbreviated to hide the pedantic position of tech support, creating an even larger social gap between them and the unwitting human sitting on the chair. By now, PEBKAC not only emphasizes that we are no longer bound to keyboards and chairs, but rather that society until now still struggles to define its relationship with networked technology. We might not always be the human error on the chair anymore, but we still have problems engaging with technology. Commercial interest has tempted many corporations to make technology more user friendly, a process in which technological possibilities are often hurdled to improve usability and profit. Now grandparents email, bandwidth is filled with ads, and nobody knows exactly how algorithms analyze our behavior. Perhaps the problem is sittinag on another chair, programming our technological culture to be the capitalist cultural environment it is today. And we should go back to the recent roots to research our relationship with tech. Go poetic, forensic, anthropologic, spiritual, basic. In any case, it will remain PEBKAC- In My Honest Opinion.” (Constant Dullaart)


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From now on I will be posting content to my new shared blog

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I am so excited to announce that I am a recipient of an Open Society Documentary Photography grant! I will be redeveloping and greatly expanding my data viz project,, in partnership with Lois Gibbs of the Center for Health, Environment & Justice. The project will be complete at the end of 2015.


Here is the presentation I gave on SNPs and ancestry

Here is the bricoBio Kevin Chen from Bricobio gave on DNA and DIY bio

Here are Yves Amyot from Turbine’s 3Dprinting


I am putting together a Stranger Visions workshop to take place at Studio XX in Montreal next weekend (Sunday Oct 8) in collaboration with Turbine and bricobio

We will be taking found genetic data files, creating phenotype profiles, generating 3d models interpreting those phenotypes and 3d printing miniature versions of these portraits. Here are some of the resources we will be using:

Found data files

Look on a code sharing website for people who have posted 23andme files

Look on the Personal Genome Project for volunteers who uploaded 23andme data

Here are some examples which I have pre-processed for a later step, cooking show style:


Upload your 23andme file as a zip to the website gedmatch to get admixture information
(this part can take quite a while so I pre-uploaded several files for us to work with)

alternatively you can use the more visual and less quantitative results from Stanford’s Interpretome

Get your mtDNA haplogroup

Convert your 23andme  to ISOGG format using “23andme to ySNPs” tool from
save Y-SNPs and plug into



gedmatch gives eye color prediction



3D Modeling

The easiest and most intuitive way to translate a phenotype profile into a model of a face is using the commercial software facegen this program will let you export a watertight 3d printable head, you just have to install the additional model set how to video here.


More resources:

Here is code I wrote in python to generate a phenotype profile from a user-customizable SNP base–managing-matches.html

here is a worksheet I made which you can use to help create your profile/sketch and document the details of the sample


ExcessNYC is included in this group show at ArtSpace New Haven, Vagaries of the Commons. Tomorrow we will take the bike out for a spin and collect food. On our return there will be a panel discussion and then we will enjoy the rescued food, prepared and transformed by Nadine Nelson.

Part of our installation is a series of posters, a collaboration with Brad Armstrong and Jerome Harris. We have made an online version as well.


Speaking on this panel on Tuesday night. Very interesting topic & something I have not spoken about for awhile. And the last Aperture issue looks relevant and quite interesting as well.

Collaborative Images: New Models of Authorship and Aggregation

Tuesday, March 18
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street
New York, NY