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The Signal and the Noise - Initial Research

posted on 2021-03-24, 18:07 authored by Charlie TweedCharlie Tweed
Commissioned by Animate Projects and funded by a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award, The Signal and the Noise was developed during collaborative research with biomedical scientist Dr Darren Logan at Sanger Institute, Cambridge. In the film I address the following question: how can I produce a Sci/Art work that moves beyond data visualisation and employs fiction as an operational tool that enhances the collaborative process, brings recent developments in genetic technologies into view and generates discussion and debate amongst diverse audiences?

This item contains images taken from the initial research process that was conducted at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge.

During the Initial research phase of the project, I attended a series of meetings with Dr Logan at the Genome Campus, Cambridge and also at various art institutions and galleries in London and at my studio in Bristol. During this time I learned about Dr Logan’s research into genetically influenced behavior and also I spent a lot of time becoming familiar with the genome sequencing technologies that he uses and the software tools that are used to analyse the data. As a result of these meetings we discovered a shared interest in science fiction and how this mode of storytelling could be used as a way to interrogate the potential futures of his research activities. As a result I began to develop a draft script and initial plans for the commissioned film


Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award (Animate Projects)