Mary Farwy /Social Design/
Presenting project “Gene on-off”
Complex interaction between the exposome (accumulated lifetime environmental exposures) and the genome (which stores genetic information), examining their influence on health and genetics. The focus is on how elements like economic disparities, racial injustices, and traumatic experiences intertwine with the individual's genetic code. Emphasis is placed on DNA methylation, a crucial mechanism that regulates gene expression without altering the underlying DNA sequences. Additionally, scrutinizes the impact of modern dietary patterns and lifestyles on the gut microbiome, by navigating through some historical events and case studies.
Mary Fawry works as a Hackitect, designer, bio-artist, writer, teacher and coordinator. Her work is driven by dismantling the normative approaches to the architecture of the human body, its emotions, and means of production and consumption. Specifically, she is interested in epigenetics and inherent trauma, amplifying underrepresented voices, architecting wellbeing, using bio-design to hack the supply chain, and injecting design academia with technology and science.