12 January 2011

Gene Police

The Metropolitan Genetic Surveillance Unit uses bees to monitor the unlicenced growing of GM crops - generally those modified to manufacture narcotics or copyrighted pharmaceuticals. Or so postulates Thomas Thwaites with his intriguing addition to British surveillance culture.

'Grow Your Own' - from the Policing Genes Project from Thomas Thwaites on Vimeo.

The artist's other work is worth a look too, here on his website. Other projects include: a bicycle bought to be stolen (containing an Android phone giving GPS details of its location in addition to taking photos); and his attempt to build a cheap toaster from scratch (including making the plastic and metals required), which is finely documented in his TED talk below.

Thanks to Dalai for the heads up!

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