ADN SoundSistema: An exploration of the indigenous, European and African roots of Panama and its connectivity with Latin America.
Surely at some point, you will have arisen the doubt of your ancestors far beyond your grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents. However, you may have settled for the response of the study by the DNA and Human Genome Institute of the University of Panama in 2002, which revealed that our genetic code or our common pool of genes is made up of 39.4% of Genes of indigenous origin, 31.2% of white origin and 29.4% of genes of black origin. Antonio José Guzman, Panamanian artist based in Amsterdam and who represented Panama at the X Biennial of Central America Art went much further, decrypt the mystery of its nucleotide composition and under investigation and the support of different entities managed to give music to their DNA. Surprising, is not it, that our DNA composed of a phosphate group, a sugar and a nitrogen base (adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C)) not only keep our molecular composition But of art itself.
But, and how did he do it?
Initially, Antonio joins The Genographic Project, an initiative of National Geographic that studies the DNA of thousands of people to help solve unknowns about where we originated human beings. Being the same categorized with the naked eye as Afro-descendant wanted to undertake the search for their African ascendance and eventually found the root in Senegal and Gambia-Mali. But a question is what sought the really greater inclination or interest the artist had and this was his Indian connection that obviously appeared in the studio. Subsequently, he hands his DNA to an organist. The latter based on the DNA constructs some books or rather, some rolls with holes that are introduced in the oriental organ. When winding, the instrument interprets those holes in musical notes that mix sounds of different instruments like: violin, viola, cello among others. His impetu is not there, and he gets the melody of his DNA to be detached from the marimba.
All this and more was known in our attendance to the opening event of the project entitled “DNA Sound System” where a room accompanied by banners with extracts of the sequence of the artist’s genes and the interpretation of it through an organ allowed us to enjoy Amusingly from a sample of experimental art, different and unique. Same as mixing science, technology and art using different media such as video, photography inspired by the DNA result of scientific research. This project was the third one selected by invitation, thanks to the support of Senacyt Panama in collaboration with Víctor López Cabrera, Antony García González, Kevin Gonzalez, Alejandro Matamala, León Perlee, Marimba Espirito Tico, Cristian Leon, Tatiana Koleva, Gladys Turner Bosso, Silvia Estarás , The Habanero Organ and The Technological University of Panama.
Dear reader, if you want to enjoy all that is commented on and more, you can approach the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), specifically the Sala Muta space located on the first floor, constituted, thanks to the sponsorship of Senacyt, as a laboratory of ideas to experiment and Reflect on various phenomena related to the arts, creative thinking and knowledge.