GE crops are now endemic to the landscape in rural America, however, they are rarely experienced by the urban public who consumes the meat, dairy, and other products that are tied to the GE food chain. No Glyph aims to provide a visual reality for a debate which, in urban centers, remains largely abstract.
An outdoor room is formed by two sculptural steel and acrylic planters in which a cottage garden arrangement of widely grown genetically engineered crops are installed. Formally the planters mimic the “No Glyph Assigned” bracket symbol from the Synthetic Biology Open Language 2.0, which is generated when an engineer proposes a sequence of commands where sufficient information is unavailable to provide a standard notation for peer review.
By bringing the banal reality of rural America to the urban square, No Glyph is a landscape proposal that challenges the confines of the museum, the application of genetic research in academic institutions, and the flimsy reality of environmental boundaries.
Proposal for “Altered Nature” exhibition at MIT, shortlisted.