Sister Sylvester

Good Genes

Allow us to serve you a cocktail made of DNA.

Attend Good Genes and make your own genetically modified cocktail party. With live music and using DNA from a hat worn – and never washed – by the actors in Bertolt Brecht’s Berliner Ensemble, Sister Sylvester presents a bio-art cabaret where the work takes place in the audience’s small intestine. A thorough celebration of thieves, biohackers, and cannibals, Good Genes sheds worn out scientific narrative and turns them into a science for the people.


Must bring proof of ID. Cocktails will only be served to those 21+.

National Sawdust
80 N 6th St,
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Artist Profile

Sister Sylvester is a new-media artist based in New York and Istanbul. She is a current resident at ONX Studio; a 2019 MacDowell Fellow; an alumnus of the Public Theater New Works program and the CPH:DOX lab. Her most recent film, “Our Ark,” co-directed with Deniz Tortum, explores the relationship between computational thinking and the climate crisis. It premiered at IDFA ’21 and has screened at festivals internationally, winning Best Short Film at the Istanbul International Film Festival. In live performance she works with hand-made books that use spatial narratives and spoken and written text to create communal reading experiences, most recently with Constantinopoliad at National Sawdust, commissioned by the Onassis Foundation. She is a self-taught microbiologist, and has made both video and live-performance works with microorganisms. She teaches a class on microbiology and performance at Colorado College, and has also taught and lectured at MIT, Princeton, UCCS, Columbia University and others.


Writer, Director, Performer  Sister Sylvester

Sculptural Bio-Costumes   Aradhita Parasrampuria

Composer & Performer   DM R

Lighting Designer & Technical Director  Bruce Steinberg

Live Percussion  Jessie Cox

Dramaturg  Andrew Kircher

Special Thanks  Genspace Community Biolab, Dr Claude Desplan and Desplan Lab, NYU, Dr Sara Hanson, Dr Ryan Platt and the students of Colorado College bio-art class, Beth Tuck

Tech & Materials  Genetically modified drosophila, Genetically modified e. Coli with (GFP) green fluorescent protein, mtDNA