Garden Shed Lab – Kira O'Reilly, with Valerie Furnham, Columba Quigley, Genevieve Maxwell. Laboratory Life, Lighthouse, 2011
Garden Shed Lab – Kira O'Reilly, with Valerie Furnham, Columba Quigley, Genevieve Maxwell. Laboratory Life, Lighthouse, 2011

LABORATORY LIFE TOUR


5 NOVEMBER - 13 NOVEMBER 2011
HONG KONG


The frontiers of art and biotechnology are explored in this international exhibition in Hong Kong.


Lighthouse and The Arts Catalyst are pleased to be presenting Laboratory Life at the Microwave Festival in Hong Kong this November. As part of an international exhibition of art labs, we are presenting the five art-science projects made by the artists, doctors and scientists, who transformed Lighthouse into a living science laboratory earlier this year. The projects were conceived by Adam Zaretsky, Andy Gracie, Anna Dumitriu, Bruce Gilchrist and Kira O’Reilly.

The Quest for Drosophila titanus – Andy Gracie, with Kuaishen Auson, Janine Fenton, Meredith Walsh. Laboratory Life, Lighthouse, 2011
The Quest for Drosophila titanus – Andy Gracie, with Kuaishen Auson, Janine Fenton, Meredith Walsh. Laboratory Life, Lighthouse, 2011

Laboratory Life was a unique, interactive art-science laboratory, organised by Lighthouse and The Arts Catalyst and open to the public. It took place February – March 2011.

Conceived and led by artist Andy Gracie, a group of international artists and scientists from the UK, Spain and the US worked with doctors, scientists and artists, to create a series of projects exploring the cutting edge of medical technology in a living laboratory at Lighthouse. These projects were showcased in an exhibition at Brighton Science Festival.

What made this project unique was its open nature. Laboratory Life adopted a radically open structure, inviting the public to come and visit the laboratory, meet the artists and scientists as they worked, and interact with them.

During the laboratory, the artists and scientists created five art-science projects which formed the basis of a fascinating exhibition at Lighthouse, featuring DNA tattooing, astrobiology, microbiological textiles and much more. The projects are:

Public Misunderstanding of Science
Led by Bruce Gilchrist. Collaborators: Kate Genevieve, Simona Casonato, David Louwrier, Daksha Patel

Infective Textiles
Led by Anna Dumitriu. Collaborators: Rosie Sedgwick, Sarah Roberts, Brian Degger, Melissa Grant

The Quest for Drosophila Titanus
Led by Andy Gracie. Collaborators: Kuaishen Auson, Janine Fenton, Meredith Walsh

Tattoo Traits
Led by Adam Zaretsky. Collaborators: Zack Denfield, Helen Bullard, Simon Hall

The Garden Shed Lab
Led by Kira O’Reilly. Collaborators: Valerie Furnham, Columba Quigley, Genevieve Maxwell

For more about the projects, visit the Laboratory Life webpage

This November as part of the Microwave Festival, all five projects will be presented. A combination of the artworks and artefacts created by the teams, and documentation of the laboratory will be shown in the festival international exhibition. The exhibition also features work by leading international art labs, including which includes work by etoy, robotlab and Time’s Up.

Lead artist Andy Gracie, and Lighthouse programme curator Jamie Wyld will also discuss the project at the festival symposium.

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