Seritypes: A Genetic Screening Project
Printable Survey and Consent Form
All are welcome to complete the following consent form and anonymous survey.

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.

Please send the following personal, anonymous information in a sealed envelope via snail-mail to the address below (print out this page 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


Consent Form
I, _______________________, agree to be a participant in the research titled Seritypes: A Genetic Screening Project, which is being conducted by William Fisher, who can be reached at 478-445-4572. I understand this participation is entirely voluntary; I can withdraw my consent at any time and have the results of the participation returned to me, removed from the experimental records, or destroyed.

The following points have been explained to me:
1. The purpose of this study is to create an artistic simulation, aestheticizing the scientific method to encourage discourse on various social inequities, beginning with issues of "identity."
2. The procedures are as follows. You will be asked to complete a brief survey and supply DNA through saliva used to seal an envelope. You will not list your name on the data sheet, nor will the specific information supplied by your answers to the survey be made public. Therefore, the information gathered will be completely anonymous. You will be asked to sign two of these consent forms. One form will be returned to the investigator and the other consent form will be kept for your records.
3. You may find that many questions are invasive or personal. If you become uncomfortable answering any questions, you may cease participation at that time. No discomforts or distresses will be faced during this research.
4. No physical, psychological, social or legal risks exist in this study.
5. The results of this participation will be anonymous and will not be released in any individually identifiable form without my prior consent unless required by law.
6. The investigator will answer any further questions about the research (see above phone numbers).
7. In addition to the above, further information, including a full explanation of the purpose of this research, will be provided at the completion of the experiment.

William Fisher                                   03.05.06
Signature of Investigator                     Date

Signature of Participant                     Date

Signature of Parent or Guardian        Date
(if participant is under 18 years of age)


Research at Georgia College & State University that involves human participants is carried out under the oversight of the Institutional Review Board. Questions or problems regarding these activities should be addressed to Mr. Quintus Sibley, Director of Legal Affairs, 212 Chappell Hall, CBX 041, GC&SU, (478) 445-2037.

Please place the completed survey and consent form 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

*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.

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