Friday 15 September 2017 to Sunday 24 September 2017

The UK has excellence and expertise in the convergence of art and science through years of experience. Wellcome Trust has been contributing to artistic experiments related to medicine and biotechnology, such as the Silent Signal project which will be presented during Artience Daejeon 17, and FACT Liverpool (Foundation of Art and Creative Technology) has been collaborating with artists on the role of digital technology in arts and the community.

As part of the UK/Korea 2017–18, this project aims to create opportunities for the UK’s artists and artistic institutes to collaborate with scientists in Daejeon's science hub and develop sustainable partnerships in arts and science.

Silent Signal

Silent Signal is a group exhibition of new animated works that explores the science of genetics, cell biology, immunology and epidemiology. 

Silent Signal takes you on a journey: starting at the microcosm of the infection-fighting internal landscapes of our cells, through the personal experiences and opinions of individuals and scientists, to the application of the research in the wider world of infectious disease modelling and genome sequencing. 

The works raise questions about what our genetic code is, how our immune system functions, how disease is spread, and what the future applications and impact of the research into these areas might be for us all.

Each work is the result of a close collaboration between an artist and a scientist, exploring the similarities and differences in the way they work and the technologies they each use. 

  • Date: 15–24 September 2017 
  • Venue: Gallery 4, Level 3, Daejeon Artist House 
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00–18.00 (Closes on Mondays)
  • Admission free
  • Hosted and organised by: Daejeon Culture and Arts Foundation
  • Sponsored by: Daejeon Metropolitan City, Arts Council Korea
  • Silent Signal comprises: 
AfterGlow by boredomresearch, in collaboration with Dr Paddy Brock (University of Glasgow)
Sleepless by Ellie Land, in collaboration with Professor Peter Oliver (University of Oxford)
Battle of Blister by Genetic Moo, in collaboration with Dr Neil Dufton (Imperial College London)
Loop by Samantha Moore, in collaboration with Dr Serge Mostowy (Imperial College London)
Immunecraft by Eric Schockmel, in collaboration with Dr Megan MacLeod (University of Glasgow)
The Signal and the Noise by Charlie Tweed, in collaboration with Dr Darren Logan (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute)

Silent Signal is devised and produced by Animate Projects with scientist Bentley Crudgington, and is supported by a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Silent Signal Art and Science Talk

We are delighted to have a public talk with Dr Bentley Crudgington, a biomedical scientist who was Scientific Advisor on the Silent Signal project, and one of boredomresearch, an award-winning artist duo who created AflterGlow in collaboration with Dr Paddy Brock of University of Glasgow. They talk about their experience in participating the project and challenges and meanings of cross-sector collaboration.

Guest speakers

  • Dr Bentley Crudgington

Bentley obtained a BSc in Marine Biology at the University of Stirling, followed by an MSc in Cellular Pathology at University of Westminster before completing a PhD in Virology at Imperial College London, while working as a veterinary virologist for the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA). 

As a public engagement practitioner, Bentley has devised, implemented and delivered award winning projects across art, science and technology, including Silent Signal.

Bentley’s current role at the Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine (University of Manchester) is to develop, drive and facilitate innovative and exciting public engagement on the animal research nexus. Bentley has particular interests in performative roles, living technologies, the creation and destruction of unique ecosystems within biomedical facilities, the human/animal bond and the role of touch in human/nonhuman communication.

  • boredomresearch

boredomresearch is a collaboration between British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith. Their work benefits from a long lasting fascination in the mechanics of the biological world which they explore using contemporary technology. They transcend boundaries between art, science and society, with previous projects exploring topics including: the intricate biological signatures of neural activity, the frontiers of disease modelling, and our cultural obsession with speed. 

boredomresearch’s projects open channels for valuable dialogue and engagement between public and scientific domains – including their recent artwork AfterGlow, a new representation of a malaria infection transmission scenario which was awarded the Lumen Prize Moving Image Award 2016.

Based at the National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University, Isley and Smith are Co- Founders of BLAST (Bournemouth Lab of Art, Science & Technology) an innovative program of interdisciplinary workshops and eco-action events demonstrating the value of art as a catalyst for negotiating the complexities of rapid, technologically complex, social and ecological change.

Artience Daejeon 17 UK Focus also includes:

Artience Lab Tour

Daniel Glaser, Director of Science Gallery London, David Cahill Roots, Arts Manager of Wellcome Trust and Mark Wright, Director of FACTLab visit Daejeon’s science hub, where Korean governmental research institutes are gathered, as well as organisations and policy makers in Seoul to prepare the programme. 

Creation Challenge 30x30

Thirty arts and science students/professionals from the UK and Korea will have a two-day workshop to create prototype artworks for presentation at the festival. 

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UK/Korea 2017-18