Mostrando entradas de 2018

Upcoming exhibition from 20 September to 21 December 2018 - London

Thrilled to be exhibiting at the Grant Museum of Zoology, one of the oldest zoology museums in the UK! https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/whats-on/agonism-antagonism In Darwin’s world of ‘survival of the fittest’, what happens when evolution affects genders differently? Agonism / Antagonism is an exhibition resulting from artist Neus Torres Tamarit’s residency in the laboratory of Dr Max Reuter, in the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment at UCL, and part of a long-term collaboration with computer scientist Ben Murray. Dr Reuter and his team use fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) to conduct research into the evolution of sexual antagonism: a genetic tug of war between the sexes. The different needs of the genders within a sexually reproducing species inevitably result in this phenomenon, where what is best for one gender may be actively detrimental for the other. On the surface, this process may seem problematic for the species, but research incr

Phenotypica at the Slime event, Institue of Making, UCL, London

We had the pleasure of taking part in the last Festival of Stuff Saturday Extravaganza event at the Institute of Making, at UCL, the past Saturday 24th of March 2018. Slime was an event about polymers, and our stand was called ‘Art from Polymers: Bioplastic, DNA and Fruit Fly Cocoons’, the three polymers that inspire our artistic practice. We had exhibited two artworks; a video artwork, result of the initial period of Neus’ residency at the Reuter Laboratory at UCL, in which microscopy videos of bioplastic and fruit flies cocoons get decontextualized by the macro view and the constantly changing focal plane ( https://vimeo.com/255299709 ). The other artwork was ‘Incubator for Twin Lifeforms’, an installation inspired by the formation of the pupae, and lots of bioplastic samples that people could manipulate. We were also cooking bioplastic live and visitors were very engaged with the process, wanting to know more about what each ingredient does. They were leaving ou

Phenotypica at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, March 2018

We had the great opportunity to exhibit our digital interactive installation Biomorpha (Evolving Structures) at the Affordable Art Fair from the 8th to the 11th of March. Biomorpha explores the dramatic evolutionary pressure that can be caused by a sudden change in a species’ environment. An organism that is well adapted to a relatively stable environment can stay largely unchanged for millions of years. In a continuously changing environment, a species can undergo dramatic changes in a relatively short time, as there is a high potential for mutations that help it to survive in the new environment. This changes happen over a large period of time that is not perceptible for humans in real time. In Biomorpha, the audience is the evolutionary pressure whom are tracked by a Kinect sensor when entering Biomorpha’s environment. The digital organism mutates at an accelerated pace, in order to adapt to the new environment that the audience is creating for it.   Audience interacting