Supper club - DNA discoveries
20 Oct 5:00PM
20 Oct 7:00PM
Join us for a very special supper club. Along with a delicious two course meal, you’ll be treated to micro talks by artists and scientists, all in the incredible setting of the School of Life Sciences – a rare opportunity to get deep inside this building.
On arrival you’ll meet artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Phillip Andrew Lewis for a drink and a guided tour of their latest art work, “Spirit Molecule”, at the beautiful LifeSpace Gallery.
During your two course dinner, catered by the brilliant team behind The Parlour cafe,you will get the chance to hear micro-talks from the School of Life Science’s world-leading researchers. Over the evening we will explore genetics and its history of discoveries.
We’ll gain insight into current research, how artists are scrutinising genetic modification, and where we may go in the future.
Heather’s recent exhibition Radical Love was an homage and exploration of gender identity stereotypes in forensic DNA phenotyping. The full colour life-sized 3d printed portraits of Chelsea Manning were generated from analyses of her DNA, extracted from cheek swabs and hair clippings sent to the artist from Chelsea through the mail.
Chelsea Manning is the whistle-blower who exposed some of the U.S. government's worst abuses and was sentenced to a 35-year sentence in military prison for convictions related to those exposures. She has since been released. She is a transgender woman, Guardian columnist and a leader in the movements for transgender justice and government accountability.
Exhibition in Lifespace - Dewey Hagborg and Phillip Andrew Lewis
Co-commissioned with NEoN Digital Arts Festival, this exhibition at LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery considers the protocols for the creation of genetically modified memorial plants. Inspired by the work of DNA discoverer Dr Rosalind Franklin, the speculative design project fuses biotechnology with botany, and considers the past and future of scientific discovery and genetic inheritance