Tan's work explores ideas of cultural identity, cultural difference,
transgression and translation. Her work for identinet consists of
a series of downloadable screensavers and other accessories through
which the user can customise the desktop of their computer. Although
their original function was to protect and refresh the computer
screen, screensavers are now available in endless permutations that
allow people free rein to express their individuality. By encouraging
users to consider a complete makeover of their computer screen,
Tan highlights both the surface nature of the changes and the underlying
codes and patterns that determine genetic and cultural identity.
was produced in collaboration with Ian Kerrigan, Karl Bunyan
and Nadine Kennedy from dna.