Ophiux: Symposium

29 Oct 2016

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Murray Edwards College

England, United Kingdom


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Join us for a series of talks and a panel discussion with artists, writers and scientists as they discuss Joey Holder's current solo exhibition at Wysing, Ophiux.


Taking Holder’s new film, also entitled Ophiux, as a starting point, invited artists, scientists and writers will discuss and question the constitution of the 'human' and 'animal' biology, exploring the technology around genetic data collection and manipulation.  

We are delighted that the two scientists whose research has provided the starting point for the work in the exhibition will be presenting at this symposium: Dr Katrin Linse, Senior Biodiversity Biologist, the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge and Dr Marco Galardini, Computational Biologist, European Bioinformatics Institute at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Cambridge. The event also includes a presentation from artist Katja Novitskova and artist, writer and publisher Jamie Sutcliffe.

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2pm, Welcome, Eliza Gluckman, Curator of New Hall Arts Collection at Murray Edwards College, Joey Holder, artist and Lotte Juul Petersen, Curator at Wysing Arts Centre.   

2.10pm, Screening of Joey Holder's new film Ophiux which contains unseen footage from deep-sea expeditions showing the harvesting of organisms for their unique genetic information. The film stimulates current digital technologies used to read genetic data and utilise this for our own evolution.  

2.30pm, Dr Marco Galardini will give a presentation on evolution and how we can use it to understand differences between individuals. 

3.10pm, Katja Novitskova will make a presentation on alien-world and frontier-environment exploration in relation to big data and image production, from the perspective of her work as an artist. 

3.50pm Break, tea and coffee available. 

4.10pm, Dr Katrin Linse will give a presentation on biodiversity, phylogeography and evolution of the Antarctic marine. 

4.50pm, Roundtable discussion with all of the contributors, chaired by Jamie Sutcliffe, writer, artist and publisher with Strange Attractor Press.   

5.30pm, Plenary presentation by Jamie Sutcliffe.  

6pm, Ends 


Lotte Juul Petersen

Exhibiting artists

Joey Holder

Joey Holder


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