PARA-SITE-SEEING: DEPARTURE LOUNGE is an art-science collaboration between Rod Dillon and Jen Southern, inviting you to imagine life from the perspective of the Leishmania parasite.
This deadly parasite has been travelling for millions of years, catching flights between humans, dogs and other animals using sand flies as their mode of transport. Throughout human history, the parasites have exploited conflict and competition to move between continents. Now, humans at University of Dundee's Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) are fighting back!
Rod Dillon and Jen Southern have been collaborating since 2011. Rod is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies in Biomedicine at Lancaster University. During the past ten years Rod has worked on creative interspecies projects with artists, makers and scientists. Jen Southern is an artist and lecturer in Fine Art and New Media. She is Artistic Director at the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University.
The exhibiton is an expansion of Rod Dillon and Jen Southern's travel blog website PARA-SITE-SEEING.org, co-commissioned by NEoN2018 Festival and Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR). PARA-SITE-SEEING: DEPARTURE LOUNGE is a partnership exhibition commissioned by LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery and WCAIR. WCAIR is setting its sights on infectious disease, creating a world-leading hub for drug discovery.