Golden Genes

First broadcast: Mon 01.10.2018, 11.06 Uhr MEZ
Rerun: Wed 17.10.2018, 21.00 Uhr MEZ
A Broadcast in collaboration with: Ursula Hansbauer & Wolfgang Konrad

Golden Genes by Ursula Hansbauer, Wolfgang Konrad and Clemens Stachel will be screened and followed by a discussion between the filmmakers and the bioethicist Gabriele Werner-Felmayer on 28 March 2017 at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen. The screening will be taking place in the event series Follow-Ups, in which we are presenting former Fellows’ works that have been initiated during but completed after their Fellowship at Büchsenhausen. Hansbauer and Konrad participated 2007-08 in the Fellowship Program. Back then they conducted their first clearance research concerning the range of topics around biobanks and living archives.

The documentary film Golden Genes embarks on an expedition to some of the largest, oldest and most contemporary archives of life—from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen, to the animal cell banks of the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, and the largest biodiversity storage in the world in Shenzhen, China. Biobanks such as these are data centers in the global network of the genetic research community. The information that they generate from the DNA of various living organisms provides the basis of today’s life sciences.

Broadcast in German language.


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Ursula HANSBAUER (*1973 in Salzburg) and Wolfgang KONRAD (*1974 in Graz) are visual artists and filmmakers who live and work in Vienna. Both studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (class of Renée Green). Their collaborative projects include, among others: Forst (2004, film, prizewinner at Diagonale 2005), Niemandsland (2005, exhibition at Galerie 5020 Salzburg) and Koloniale Saat (2008, exhibition at MUSA, Vienna).