Open(ing) Source - Andrés Burbano's Box --> Bogotá, New York, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Swansea.

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In the specific case of the box launched by Andres Burbano, there is an open invitation to people who works with Open Source Software to work in visualizations and sonifications of the original test info. The idea is to publish the code of the sonifications or visualizations and preserve it as open source software. That is the case of work of composer Daniel Prieto (see below).

The box. The box is the traveler and the container.

The first host of the box was the composer Daniel Prieto in Bogotá, Colombia. He made the first interpretation of the results of the DNA test. See above. After that Andrés Burbano have been traveling with the box from Bogotá to New York, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, in the trip some new DNA test interpretations were made, as maps of New York and Santa Barbara. In San Francisco the artist Camila Echeverria have made the second intervention, a experimental map of San Francisco.

Finaly the box went to Swansea, Wales taking part of Displace exhibition at the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery. As soon as the exhibition is over the box will go to other place, to a friend's house in the UK.

The results. Texts, maps and diploma by Genographic Project.

"Your Y-chromosome results identify you as a member of haplogroup R1b.

The genetic markers that define your ancestral history reach back roughly 60,000 years to the first common marker of all non-African men, M168, and follow your lineage to present day, ending with M343, the defining marker of haplogroup R1b.

If you look at the map highlighting your ancestors' route, you will see that members of haplogroup r1b carry the following Y-chromosome markers:

M168 > M89 > M9 > M45 > M207 > M173 > M343 "

Genographic Project
by National Geographic Society and IBM.

Here Y-chromosome DNA test results

Image from test results of Genographic Project. Genographic Project by National Geographic Society and IBM.

Image from test results of Genographic Project. Genographic Project by National Geographic Society and IBM.


The tests in the box.

The Y-Crhomosome test results of the Genographic Project.

"Field researchers will collect DNA samples from indigenous populations as well as allow for public participation. For US$100 anyone in the world can order a self-testing kit from which a mouth scraping (saliva swab) is obtained, analyzed and the DNA information placed on an Internet accessible database. The process will be completely anonymous and will not test for medically relevant traits. Instead genetic markers on mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosomes will be used to trace distant ancestry, and each participant is provided with their genetic history. As of June 2007, more than 210,000 people have participated. The US$40m project is a privately-funded collaboration between the National Geographic Society, IBM and the Waitt Family Foundation. Parts of the proceeds from the sale of self-testing kits are said to be ploughed into a Legacy Fund to be spent on cultural preservation projects nominated by indigenous communities."

(Source: Wikipedia - Free Encyclopedia - On Genographic Project)

Genogranos - sonification by Daniel Prieto

First collaboration. Daniel Prieto a composer from Bogota made a composition (sonification) of electronic music taking as sources a sample of my voice speaking as many of my last names I can remember … "andres eduardo burbano valdes rivas pabon benavides zambarno..." and then he mixed it based on the numbers of tandem repetitions that are in the diploma of participation in the Genographic Project.

Download the sonification. mp3

Download the original sample of Andres’s voice

Download the CSound code.

Download all of them. ZIP


Image from test results of Genographic Project. Genographic Project by National Geographic Society and IBM.


Intervened Map # 1
Original Map:
Genographic Project map

"Im so happy cause today

Ive found my friends ...

Theyre in my head

Im so ugly, but thats okay, cause so are you ...

Weve broken our mirrors

Sunday morning is everyday for all I care ...

And Im not scared

Light my candles, in a daze

cause Ive found god... yeah yeah ..."


Intervened Map # 2
Original Map:
Santa Barbara, CA, map

Santa Barbara is my new place, kind of hometown. Reflections? Visas and travels?


ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: via French from Latin visa, past participle (neuter plural) of videre ‘to see'
(Source: Oxford America Dictionary, OSX)



Intervened Map # 1
Original Map:
New York City map

It is about smoke columns ... you will see


ORIGIN mid 16th cent.(in the sense [denouement] ): from Latin catastropha, from Greek katastrophe ‘overturning, sudden turn,’ from kata- ‘down’ + strophe ‘turning’ (from strephein ‘to turn’ ).
(Source: Oxford America Dictionary, OSX)

SF Map
Original Map: San Francisco map

Second collaboration. Camila Echeverria made a San Francisco map thinking on personal trajectories, and another ideas on immigration, especially from China.

"Chinatown neighborhood in Oakland, California is a pan-Asianneighborhood  which reflects Oakland's diverse Asian American community. It is frequently referred to as "Oakland Chinatown" in order to distinguish it from nearby San Francisco's Chinatown. Chinese were the first Asians to arrive in Oakland in the 1850s, followed by Japanese in the 1890s, Koreans in the 1900s, and Filipinos in the 1930s-1940s. Southeast Asians began arriving in the 1970s during the Vietnam War. Many Asian languages and dialects can be heard in Chinatown due to its diverse population. Chinatown is located in downtown Oakland, with its center at 8th Street and Webster Street. Its northern edge is 12th street, and its southern edge is I-880 (located approximately at 6th Street). It stretches from"


Open-Ing-Source video

This video must be watched in the small screen, because the dimensions are importance. The ideas and reflections are almost details. The video is about the relationship between languages, an episode on the relationship between long distance languages.

ORIGIN from Czech, from robota ‘forced labor.’ The term was coined in K. Capek's play R.U.R. ‘Rossum's Universal Robots’ (1920).
(Source: Oxford America Dictionary, OSX)

This video was recorded in the context of Quiasma Project. 2002.This video was re edited for Open(ing)Source project 2007.


The project Open(ing)Source is not oficially related with the Genographic Project by National Geographic and IBM

Bogotá, Colombia, Universidad de los Andes - Departamento de Arte - 2005 - 2006 - 2007