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Saturday 29 October: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, CB3 0DF

Join a series of talks and a panel discussion with artists, writers and scientists as they discuss Joey Holder's current solo exhibition, Ophiux at Wysing Arts Centre. The exhibition is an art installation and film which, taking current scientific research as a starting point, creates a speculative sci-fi future for human and animal biology.

The day will begin with a screening of Joey Holder's new film, which contains unseen footage from the deep-sea expeditions showing the collection of organisms from the deep sea for their unique genetic information. It stimulates current digital technologies used to read genetic data and utilize this for our own evolution.

Taking this as a starting point invited artists, scientists and writers will discuss and question the constitution of the 'human' and 'animal' biology, exploring the technology around genetic data collection and manipulation.

Joey Holder's artistic research has developed since after a completion of a residency in 2015 at Wysing Arts Centre where she was introduced to Dr. Katrin Linse, Senior Biodiversity Biologist, the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge and Dr Marco Galardini, Computational Biologist, European Bioinformatics Institute at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Cambridge.

Schedule for the day

2pm, Welcome, Eliza Gluckman, Curator of New Hall Arts Collection at Murray Edwards College, Joey Holder, artist, and Lotte Juul Petersen, Curator at Wysing Arts Centre.

2.10pm, Screening of Joey Holder's new film Ophiux

2.30pm, Dr Marco Galardini will give a presentation on evolution and how we can use it to understand differences between individuals.

3.10pm, Katja Novitskova will make a presentation on alien-world and frontier-environment exploration in relation to big data and image production, from the perspective of her work as an artist.

3.50pm Break, tea and coffee available.

4.10pm, Dr Katrin Linse will give a presentation on biodiversity, phylogeography and evolution of the Antarctic marine.

4.50pm, Roundtable discussion with all of the contributors, chaired by Jamie Sutcliffe, writer, artist and publisher with Strange Attractor Press.?

5.30pm, Plenary presentation by Jamie Sutcliffe.

6pm, Ends

For full biographies and more information see Wysing's website here:

Booking Information

Telephone number:
01223 766766

Booking required


Accessible toilet, Full access

Additional Information

Age: 15+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free