aging box 95+

Format: 200 x 140 cm / 79 x 55 in (framed), edition of 6
Hybrid photography, archival pigment print, aludibond, diasec

The work “aging box 95+” deals with future developments in the field of prenatal genetic modification of the human genome. It shows a refrigeration unit in the Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology at the University of Kiel which is investigating the genes of people aged over 95 in a long-term research project. The research aims to gain new knowledge about the way the genetic structure of these people is constructed, and eventually to develop new medicines which prolong life. Yet prenatal interventions in the human genome would also be conceivable with a view to prolonging people's lifespan from the very outset.

After the complex process of DNA gene sequencing, this is immersed in alcohol for archiving, filled in plastic tubes and laid in cartons the size of a shoe box. These are then stored in huge underground refrigerator units. One of these was specially opened for a short time for the work “aging box 95+” to reveal a frozen archive replete with memories, life experiences and future possibilities.


Personally liable:
Michael Najjar

Design concept & coding: Matthias Hübner,
with support by Marco Land

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