All That I Am by Koby Barhad is an art project that imagines how easy it would be to clone Elvis using materials readily available on the internet and contemplates the implications of such an endeavor.
Barhad on his work:
From a speck of hair to a mouse model. A combination of three online services can make this project possible. Hair samples of Elvis Presley, bought on ebay were sent to a gene sequencing lab to identify different behavioural traits (varied from sociability, athletic performance to obesity and addiction). Using this information, transgenic mice clones with parallel traits were produced. The genetically cloned models of Elvis (in this case) are tested in a collection of various contemporary scientific mouse model environments, simulating some of the significant biographical circumstances of his life.
Is it possible to quantify our life through a series of conditions and events? What are the aspects of life that are responsible in making us ourselves? Does buying a pre-owned item gives one the legal right to another individual’s genetic data? Can mouse models of ourselves help us prepare for possible futures or will it impose them on us? Will we make different choices Re-living the same life? Can a mouse be Elvis? What makes you believe it can be?
If you were hoping to clone Madonna, it might not be so easy. She is already taking steps to make sure there won’t be any unauthorized versions of her by hiring her own DNA sterilization crew.