Paul Vanouse – Difference, Sameness and DNA

with a preface by Jens Hauser.

This forthcoming book chronicles over two decades of critical, artistic investigations by Paul Vanouse. His bio-media artwork utilizes the tools of the life sciences reflexively, to challenge tropes and cultural politics surrounding DNA, biotechnology, and life itself. Vanouse’s work explores questions such as how does DNA link us together, how does it differentiate us and how are the grand metaphors, which grant DNA complete centrality, misconstruing the complexity of life. Furthermore, how do technologies of genetic typing and identification fit within a broader cultural and political history of difference making, particularly the construction of race. Melding critical theory, artist’s manifesto, participatory observation and histories of the sciences, this book offers insight into both an artistic practice and the bio-techno-sciences it interrogates.

Paul Vanouse – Fingerprints...

published by Jens Hauser and Heike-Catherina Mertens, Schering Stiftung. Argobooks, Germany, 2011.  Fingerprints…

with texts by Simon A. Cole, Jens Hauser, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger and Paul Vanouse

Fingerprints… is the first volume of the Ernst Schering Foundation’s Publication Series dedicated to selected projects at the interface of art and science. The biomedia installations of Paul Vanouse challenge the codes and images of contemporary molecular biology. In four theoretical essays, criminologist Simon A. Cole, science historian Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, curator Jens Hauser and the artist himself reflect upon the criticism of genomics inherent in the installations of “Fingerprints…” from an aesthetic, political and techno-philosophical angle.

Paul Vanouse full bio (PDF).

Alessandro Ludovico, magazine, issue #39, Summer 2011.

Mistaken Identity: An Artists Narrative for Interalia, Interalia magazine,, Spring, 2020.

Art as We Don’t Know It.  Eds. Erich Berger, Kasperi Mäki-Reinikka, Kira O’Reilly, Helena Sederholm, Aalto ARTS Books, Espoo, Finland, 2020.

An Artist's Journey into the Science of Sweat, The Conversation,, September 13, 2019.

Situating the Polymerase Chain Reaction: The Power and Influence of Chemical and Computational Metaphors in Biotechnology,
State Machines: Reflections and Actions at the Edge of Digital Citizenship, Finance, and Art.  Eds. Yiannis Colakides, Marc Garrett, Inte Gloerich, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, 2019.

Deep Woods PCR: Responding to the Challenge of BioARTCAMP,
Naturally Postnatural—Catalyst: Jennifer Willet, Ed. Ted Hiebert, Noxious Sector Press, 2017.

Counter Laboratories, Inverted Suspects and Latent Signs,
Materiality: Documents of Contemporary Art, ed. Petra Lange-Berndt, MIT Press, 2015. (excerpted/reprinted from) Paul Vanouse, Fingerprints…, .

The Latent Figure Protocol—a Photo-essay
, Genetics as Social Practice: Transdisciplinary Views on Science and Culture, Ed. Barbara Prainsack, Silke Schicktanz, Gabriele Werner-Felmayer, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2014.

Decouvrir la nature, apparement: analogie, traitment de l’image ADN et Latent Figure Protocol
, French translation/update of Discovering Nature Apparently (08), in Bioart: Transformations du Vivant, Ed. Ernestine Daubner et Louise Poissant, University of Quebec Press, 2012.

Counter Laboratories, Inverted Suspects and Latent Signs, Paul Vanouse, Fingerprints…, Ed. Jens Hauser, Argobooks, Germany, 2011.

The Post-Biological Turn: Transformation of the Life Sciences and a Revisionist Proposition, Ed. Morten Sondergaard, AI & Society, Springer Verlag (Forthcoming).

 Race, the Jamaican Body and Eugenics/Genomics, Eve Hawthorne and Paul Vanouse, Alfred Hornung, ed., Autobiography and Mediation (Heidelberg: Summer Verlag, 2010).

Objects of Influence, NYFA Currents, online photo-essay, April 5, 2010.

Discovering Nature Apparently: Analogy, DNA Imaging and the Latent Figure Protocol, Tactical Biopolitics, Ed. Beatriz DaCosta and Kavita Philip, MIT Press, 2008.

Patients, Patents and Protocols, Filter Magazine, Issue 65, 2007. Australia.

The Relative Velocity Inscription Device
, Signs of Life: Bio Art and Beyond, Ed. Eduardo Kac, MIT Press, 2007.

Contemplating the Semi-Living Artist, Strange Attractions, Ed. Antoanetta Ivanova, Novamedia Ptd Ltd, Melbourne, pp. 70-74. 2006.

Mechanism Independent, Paul Vanouse, a minima: actual art publication, Spain, vol 10, 2005.

Race, Inter-Race and Post-Race in the Study of Human Genetics, Paul Vanouse, Afterimage, Sept./Oct. 2002

A Recombinant History Apparatus presents Terminal Time, Domike, Mateas and Vanouse , Narrative Intelligence, John Benjamins Press, 2002.  

Terminal Time: an Ideologically-Biased History Engine
, Mateas/Vanouse/Domike,  Proceedings of the AAAI, Symposium on Narrative Intelligence, 2000.