TreeLine - Catchment - 2012
Wordless messages: In the first catchment project I posed questions regarding morphology – the comparison of structures, which progressively links into the non-coding DNA concept by asking about the connections between function and non function.
In wordless messages the morphology is the structure of anything made up of interconnected or interdependent parts.
Common sense suggests that anything that is completely useless would be discarded yet the silent DNA remains connected strongly to others. But what really goes on inside?
Corrie’s #2 project called Leaves Breathe – coded messages- silent DNA is a Tree Line lead artist imitative for a group of artist with the name catchment collective. Catchment Collective are a number of Sunshine Coast artists that work in the environment creating site specific art. The group includes artists; Elizabeth Poole, Mayrah Dreise, Jan Dunlop, Wendy McGrath, Richard Newport & Corrie Wright.
The catchment collective group will be working in the Maroochydore Botanical Gardens from 22 – 28th May 2010, finishing on World Environment Day for the TreeLine opening event.
Leaves breathe –coded messages
Junk (or non-coding) DNA is the term used to describe parts of DNA strands (genome) that have no known or apparent function. The genome of any living thing is made up of a sequence of base chemical pairs. In humans, the genome is around 3 billion base pairs long; in conifer trees around 21 billion base pairs and in gum trees around 600 million base pairs in length. Around 5-20% (depending on the organism) of the genome can be grouped into genes – i.e. groups of base pairs which are responsible for how organisms look and function – but the remainder has no known use or function. It is carefully carried from one generation to the next over millions of years but we have no idea what its role or function is. Scientists think that this “junk” DNA may have some error checking function for transcription of DNA into amino acids and proteins or that they may carry some other kinds of coded “messages” for the future
Junk (or non-coding) DNA or pseudogenes seems to be all about function or in this case the lack of function (purpose). This non–function is widely researched and scientists continue to debate the function of non-function. Although many now believe non-coding DNA sequences has a structural role in chromosomes and that pseudogenes contain fascinating biological and evolutionary histories within their sequences.