HELIX AT EDINBURGH SCIENCE FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL ONLINE LAUNCH
TUESDAY 8 APRIL 2014
DNA’S HISTORY UNRAVELS, TOLD BY A 500-YEAR-OLD MAN, FROM ACROSS THE MILLENNIA
Helix, a digital graphic novel created by David Blandy, Daniel Locke and Adam Rutherford, was officially launched at Edinburgh Science Festival.
Taking the audience from conception to creation, Rutherford and Locke talked about exploring the 40,000-year-old story of DNA, its future 500 years from now. As well as hearing the collaborators talk on the process involved in turning the story into an interactive digital graphic novel, there was also the opportunity to interact with the project at Summerhall.
You can now find Helix online here.
Beginning with a residency at Lighthouse, as part of Brighton Science Festival 2013, Helix explores and re-imagines the story of DNA. Collaborating together, scientist and author Adam Rutherford, graphic novelist Daniel Locke, and artist David Blandy, sketched, talked and speculated about the future of genetics; sharing ideas about synthetic biology, mythology and storytelling.
This evolved into a story spanning 40,000 years, from ancient chimera to modern-day spider goats, to a speculated future of centuries-old human beings. The digital graphic novel was made possible by Storythings, a creative agency working with new ways of storytelling, who created the web version of Helix from the collaborators’ original texts and drawings.
About The Artists
Daniel Locke is a Brighton-based artist 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. In 2008, Daniel worked with David Blandy on a graphic novella commission for the Tatton Park Biennial 2008. In January, his work was shown as part of the Open Day Book group show atLACE in Los Angeles, and has been featured in The Stool Pigeon music newspaper in London and A Graphic Cosmogony from Nobrow press. He is currently working on his first full-length graphic novel.
Dr Adam Rutherford is a geneticist, broadcaster and author, who is currently working for Nature. He is considered one of the UK’s outstanding science communicators. Trained in genetics at University College London, his work includes the award-winning BBC programmes, The Cell, The Gene Code, and Playing God. His first book, Creation, about synthetic biology and the origin of life, was published by Viking in April 2013.
David Blandy is a highly regarded contemporary artist who uses video, performance and comics to address identity formation and its relationship to popular culture. His work deals with his problematic relationship with popular culture, highlighting the slippage and tension between fantasy and reality. 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.
Helix is commissioned by Lighthouse, made possible by Storythings, and supported by the Wellcome Trust. Lighthouse is supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
The Helix team also thanks Kevin Fong for his advice and support.
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