Silent Signal

29 Sep 2016 – 26 Nov 2016

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LifeSpace Gallery opening times:
Saturday 11am-5pm
Monday to Friday by appointment only

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Dundee, United Kingdom


  • The Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research (CTIR), College of Life Sciences
  • University of Dundee
  • Dundee
  • DD1 5EH
  • United Kingdom
  • LifeSpace

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An exhibition resulting from artists working with biomedical scientists to create six experimental animated artworks exploring new ways of thinking about the human body.


Preview: Thursday 29 September, 5 - 7pm

Runs until 26 November 2016, LifeSpace, University Dundee

The six new commissions include an exploration of how the immune system functions, how disease is spread and how our genetic code can be manipulated.  

The animations are accompanied by objects, specimens and artworks from the University of Dundee’s Museum Services collections selected by the artists. In this exhibition we also showcase moving image works from Animating Science, an educational project in partnership with Dundee Contemporary Arts (funded by the University of Dundee and the Wellcome Trust) that allows school pupils to bring science topics to life.

Silent Signal is curated in collaboration with Animate Projects. The exhibition is devised and produced by Animate Projects with scientist Bentley Crudgington, and is supported by a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award and the Garfield Weston Foundation. 

A different animation will be shown each week. 


29 September - 26 November
AfterGlow by boredomresearch & Dr Paddy Brock
Exploring and revealing the intimate relationship between disease and its environment, using gaming engine software and mathematical modelling data.

29 September – 9 October
The Signal and the Noise by Charlie Tweed & Dr Darren Logan
Exposing the parallels between computer coding and genetic coding in humans and animals, drawing upon the latest advances in DNA sequencing technology to propose a future vision of hybrid computing devices that are used to monitor and repair living things.

10 October – 21 October
Immunecraft by Eric Schockmel & Dr Megan MacLeod
Adopting the form of a video game trailer to present a fictional game which gives users agency over a real life cell culture to compete against opponent players, raising questions about bioethics.

22 October – 2 November
Loop by Samantha Moore & Dr Serge Mostowy
Illustrating what can be seen and what cannot, based on drawings and discussions around cytoskeleton dynamics, revealing the creative and discursive nature of science.

3 November – 14 November
Battle of Blister by Genetic Moo & Dr Neil Dufton
Taking you on a fantastic voyage through the inflammation process using footage from human performers, charting the escalation from fly bite to full scale engagement.

15 November – 26 November
Sleepless by Ellie Land & Professor Peter Oliver
Exploring the links now being discovered between sleep and mental health. Its rhythm is inspired by the circadian cycle and displays visual icons rooted in the science of sleep. 


Friday 30 Sept, 12-1pm LifeSpace, Talk: Charlie Tweed

Wednesday 12 Oct, 1-2pm
Murray Seminar Room, Seminar: Dr Megan MacLeod

Saturday 29 Oct, 11am-12pm LifeSpace, Talk: Samantha Moore

Saturday 12 Nov, 11am-12pm
LifeSpace, Talk: Genetic Moo
in partnership with NEoN Digital Arts Festival

Saturday 19 Nov, 11am-12pm LifeSpace, Talk: Ellie Land

Thursday 23 Nov, 4-5pm
Murray Seminar Room, Seminar: Dr Paddy Brock

Saturday 26 Nov, 11am-12pm LifeSpace, Talk: boredomresearch


Full info on the Silent Signal programme can be found here:


LifeSpace Gallery opening times:
Saturday 11am-5pm
Monday to Friday by appointment only 

Image: AfterGlow, copyright boredomresearch.


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