Anjin (c) David Blandy
Anjin (c) David Blandy




Lighthouse’s Artist-in-Residence for Brighton Science Festival 2013 was David Blandy. He worked on two major projects: 'Helix', which will look at the discovery and history of DNA's structure; and 'Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark', which turns a 17th century seafaring voyage into a space odyssey adventure.

David Blandy Artist-in-Residence at Lighthouse
David Blandy Artist-in-Residence at Lighthouse

Helix is a collaboration between artist David Blandy and biologist Adam Rutherford, one of the UK’s leading science communicators. Helix explores the history of DNA’s structure along with the science and ideas that led to its discovery. Taking the form of an interactive artwork, Helix will launch later in 2013 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s structure by Franklin, Crick and Watson.

Blandy’s studio was open to the public during his residency, where people were invited to come and see what he and his collaborators were working on, and talk to them about their projects.

An accompanying talk by Adam Rutherford launched the residency as our monthly talk on 07 February 2013.

Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark is a multi-sensory installation that retells the story of William Adams, a sea navigator known as the first Englishman to set foot in Japan in 1600, as an epic intergalactic space adventure. The residency will enable Blandy to test out ideas for Edo Wonderpark in its research and development phase.

Blandy worked with illustrators, Daniel Locke and Inko, animators from Japan, and creative technologists on the creation of protoypes, storyboards, sets, and visualisations which will gradually be put on show in his studio.

See the pictures from the residency here:

David Blandy’s inspiration:

About those involved

David Blandy produces video, performances and comics that deal with his problematic relationship with popular culture, highlighting the slippage and tension between fantasy and the reality of everyday life. David has exhibited widely, including shows at The Baltic, Gateshead; the Liverpool Biennial; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Spike Island, Bristol; and Platform China Project Space, Beijing. His work is distributed by LUX, and he is represented by Seventeen Gallery in London.

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science broadcaster and professional geek. He has a degree in evolutionary biology and a PhD in the genetics of the eye. Adam writes for The Guardian and is an editor at the science journal Nature. As if that wasn’t enough Adam is also a TV and radio presenter: his 2011 BBC4 series The Gene Code told the story of life on Earth using DNA as a guide.

Daniel Locke is a UK based artists and illustrator. His work has been shown in numerous shows around the world including the And’Art festival in Morocco and the Islington Exhibits festival in London. Daniel is currently working on his first full-length graphic novel.

Inko is a Brighton-based Japanese artists and long-time collaborator with David Blandy. After graduating from Kyoto University of Art & Design, she moved to England where she attended Saint Martins College and began working as a Manga artist delivering creative workshops in schools, galleries and museums. Her manga appears in Manga Cupcakes (ITCH Anthology) MangaQuake (FutureQuake Press) and Howl! (Milk The Cat Comix) as well as the Japanese Tsunami appeal comic anthology Spirit of Hope.

Read David Blandy’s residency blog here:

Residency dates: 8 February – 3 March 2013

Open Studio at Lighthouse dates: 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28 February, 1, 2, March 2013

Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ

Presented by Lighthouse with support from The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England

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