A public art commission for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. 2010.
The challenge: how can new thinking about diversity be cultivated in a place charged by dated correlations between race and crime?
The solution? Tattoo photos of evidently diverse people with graphic captions using languages of the deaf and blind. Get people thinking about a series of nonsensical phrasings –– a kind of “junk code” –– resulting from the genetic alphabet of G,T, A and C.
The impact? An open-ended means for police department employees, criminal perpetrators and neighborhood visitors to contemplate recent scientific inquiries revealing the biological irrelevance of skin color.