Helix image by Daniel Locke
Helix image by Daniel Locke


Lighthouse, Brighton


To coincide with the launch of the online edition of Helix at Edinburgh Science Festival, join us for a preview of the digital graphic novel and a talk with collaborating artists Daniel Locke and David Blandy.

Helix image by Daniel Locke
Helix image by Daniel Locke

Taking the audience from conception to creation, Blandy and Locke will talk about exploring the 40,000-year-old story of DNA, and its future 500 years from now. There will also be a screening of Helix, and a chance to try out the online edition.

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.

Join us to hear about the development of the online edition of Helix with Storythings, and to find out more about the processes and discussions that led to the final story.

About The Artists
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.

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.

Date: Thursday 20 March
Venue: Lighthouse
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: Free
Booking: Eventsbot

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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