DNA – the molecule of life – is commonly thought of as a static structure or a mere code. In reality, it is central to a dynamic wonderland of molecular...
DNA: Illuminating You
Lawrence Liang (Australia) / Anson Li (Australia) / Kate Patterson (Australia) / Bronwyn Terrill (Australia) / Mark Arrebola (Australia)
Ben Starr (Australia) / Blake Garner (Australia) / Kathy Lai (Australia) / Yan Chun (Australia) / Hunter Iceton (Australia)
DNA – the molecule of life – is commonly thought of as a static structure or a mere code. In reality, it is central to a dynamic wonderland of molecular activity that takes place inside all of our cells. The complex interaction between DNA and other molecular players is one of the reasons why identifying causes and cures for disease can be so challenging.
DNA: Illuminating You is an interactive light sculpture that mimics real biological processes that occur in each of us. A suspended DNA thread weaves through molecules that orchestrate its activity using lights to illuminate different areas of activity in the sculpture, revealing the patterns and sequence of just one tiny portion of DNA. The DNA tunnels into a molecule that, when activated, reads the DNA code and copies pieces of information. You can interact with the sculpture using a controller beneath the installation, to speed up how quickly the DNA is revealed and enhance the activity of the molecules. As the interaction builds, the large suspended molecules come to life through vibrant colour displays as we hear a tapestry of thoughts and ideas from medical researchers.
DNA: Illuminating You is a symphony for the senses and a marriage between art and science. It’s a glimpse into the daily work of researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. DNA: Illuminating You synthesises creative input from scientists, animators, artists, designers and content producers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, ANL Design, Saber, and hunter 505 in a compelling visualisation of our inner workings and molecular selves.
Country represented by installation: Australia