'Nature's Great Experiment' is a film in three parts that uses case studies, drawings, audio field-recordings, archive footage and recorded interviews with behavioral geneticists.
The films by artist Jordan Baseman exhibit an individual style, yet they are all a depiction of the same scientific information gathering process: the interviewing of (primarily) mothers of identical twins and the twins themselves within the family home by scientific research workers. The project represents three vantage points of this interview and evaluation process: the mother, the research worker and the behavioural geneticist.
The work features Professor Terrie Moffitt and her Twin Research Team at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London - major contributors to the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS). This study focuses on the early development of the three most common psychological problems in childhood: communication disorders, mild mental impairment and behaviour problems. More than 15 000 pairs of twins have been enrolled in TEDS.
Nature's Great Experiment goes on tour in spring 2010.