"Bussama Series," click here for larger view

UPDATE: In answer to those who would demand we disregard the Constitution and common decency and live in silent, surveilled fear of unseen, dark enemies as proof of our patriotism, we now reaffirm our belief in a shared humanity.

As their phenotypes merge, the (arguably) two most powerful men on the planet, though seemingly polar opposites politically and philosophically, now have their rich common ground reified for all to witness. Within these and in the hundreds of other prints created during the 24 hours in Wisconsin, the genetic material supplied by hundreds of international participants has been combined.

Click here for images from "Seritypes"

Remote participants may now also freely exchange imagery via the web: Click here to view and upload/download imagery

login: seritypes
password: cmykacgt

Click on "My Fotki" on the top navigation bar.

Click on the thumbnail to view the album.

To upload imagery, click on "add photos," scroll to bottom and click on "one photo at a time."

Seritypes also has its own email:
same password

Please feel free to begin uploading now, and especially any time from 1:30 PM Friday April 7 to 1:30 PM EST Saturday, April 8. All images belong to all participants, and may be freely downloaded, manipulated, uploaded and traded.

*Call to All*

Seritypes: A Genetic Screening Project
Send an email, an attached image, a little DNA:

We deny race, gender, borders and the construct of "other," a key mechanism in the dehumanization of the Oppressed and the Oppressor. We affirm the fundamental parity of all individuals.

The 2006 SGC Conference website explains (and please see below) the 24-hour "procedure" that our team will be conducting in Madison WI, April 8-9 (tentative), 2006, and we'd like you to act as a remote hub (or participant in Madison if you're in the area). If you visit the No Hate Page and scroll to the bottom, "Re-Present" is a past project that uses a similar strategy and methodology.

Along with sending imagery and text via email during the project (10 minutes of your time or as much as 24 hours of participation), we may ask for a cheek swab, cigarette butt, chewed gum, or a licked and sealed envelope, a fingerprint or face image, and for you to collect a similar sample from friends, colleagues, family, and strangers, or encourage their direct participation. Your genetic material will be rendered and mixed with printing inks and we'll go from there in the 24-hour coded and sequenced production of silkscreen prints. Other imagery may be up- and downloaded from a central site by all members of the network throughout the duration of the project.

Please contact us if this is something you'd like to work on. It would be great to have your participation in this affirmation of shared, borderless identity.

More info to follow...

2006 Southern Graphics Council Conference Proposal
April 5-9, 2006

Project Title
Seritypes: A Genetic Screening Project

Project Authors
Jeff Drye, Bill Fisher, Richard Lou, Danielle Wyckoff, the Arts faculty of Georgia College & State University and International Participants

Project Proposal
"A chromosome's structure may change on rare occasions. A segment may be deleted, inverted, moved to a new location, or duplicated. . .Crossing over and changes in chromosome number or in a chromosome's structure may influence the course of evolution. The changes in genotype (genetic make-up) lead to variations in phenotype (observable traits) among members of a population, so that evolution is possible." Cecie Starr and Ralph Taggart, 1995.

"Look in the mirror, and don't be tempted to equate transient domination with either intrinsic superiority or prospects for extended survival." Stephen Jay Gould.

A team of printmakers will transform the serigraphy studio at the University of Wisconsin into a genetic research laboratory/operating theatre, complete with lab coats, face masks, rubber gloves, research stations, etc. Conference attendees as well as national and international participants will be solicited to submit DNA samples (through cell scrapings e.g.) which will then be combined with acrylic screen inks for creating works on paper during a 24-hour "procedure."

A database of imagery will also be uploaded/downloaded during this period by all participants. In Madison, this imagery and the subsequent screens will be coded (as chemical proteins), treated as raw genetic material and parceled out in discrete, Mendelian units. Combining and printing these different genotypes will lead to variations in phenotypes (the final observable expression of independent inheritance), and through deleting, inverting, moving, and duplicating, change will be affected in this "genetic" expression, allowing for the evolution of the printed image to occur. Others in the participant network will be accessing the shared online genetic (imagery) database to create work at their own hub-location. The work which evolves over this 24-hour period will be a population without borders, authorless and of shared ownership.

We hope to illustrate a process in which we define our own identity through the expression of our physically shared, inextricable commonality rather than through acceptance of dominant constructed (and divisive) geopolitical, social, religious, racial, and gender-based ideologies.

Our Madison research team will also raffle off Genographic Project kits, another worldwide project with potentially beneficial implications.

If you wish to receive more information on being a remote participant, with or without supplying DNA, please send an email by March 18, 2006.


All are welcome to complete the following anonymous survey and consent form. We will use this data from remote participants in our organizational methods and "parceling" of screens/images in Madison. We'll be submerging sections (saliva/glue areas) of the paper from the envelopes into a solution, "rendering/extracting" the dna and mixing it into our printing inks for silkscreening onto paper. All samples (glue/spit, hairs, etc) will be destroyed afterwards. No clones, animal-human hybrids, or mutant soldiers will be created.

Seritypes: A Genetic Screening Project:

Please send the following personal, anonymous information in a sealed envelope via snail-mail to the address below (click here for survey/consent form and complete using your natural handwriting). Also feel free to administer this survey to others, and get it in a licked (by the subject)-n-sealed envelope:


Please answer the following with TRUE or FALSE:

I have a "bent pinky," the distal segment of the fifth finger bending distinctly inward toward the fourth (ring) finger. TRUE / FALSE

I have "middigital hair," hair in the middle segments of the fingers. TRUE / FALSE

I can roll my tongue into a tube-like shape. TRUE / FALSE

I have a "widow's peak," a V-shaped front hairline. TRUE / FALSE

In a relaxed interlocking of the fingers, I place my left thumb over my right. TRUE / FALSE

My earlobes hang free and pendulous. TRUE / FALSE

I have "hitchhiker's thumb," being able to bend the distal joint of my thumb back to a nearly-90 degree angle. TRUE / FALSE.

I was born with an extra finger/toe. TRUE / FALSE

I was born with webbed fingers/toes. TRUE / FALSE

I have an extra nipple or nipples. TRUE / FALSE


Please place this information in an envelope alone or with a single hair from your body, seal by licking the adhesive and mail ASAP (surveys must be received by April 3, 2006) to:

Bill Fisher
Art Dept.
CBX 094
Milledgeville, GA 31061 USA

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