I have curated an exhibition which combines new and old media opening
this week at the ten screen digital gallery at Cambridge School of
Art, to which you are all invited. There's a private view and talk on
Thursday 27th, from 5.30-7.30 pm. The artist is Deborah Robinson who
has been in residence for six months at the Wellcome Trust Sanger
Institute where she worked with research biologists in their malaria
research team. The exhibition is called Parasite. Deborah has
collaborated also with sound artist and programmer David Strang.and
has drawn on samples of archival documentary footage iderived from
malaria 'eradication' campaigns in Europe and America in the early/mid
20th century. The work evokes awareness of the cyclical, recursive
elements of this devastating disease: on a small scale parasites
undergo cyclical rounds of development within human blood cells,
whilst on a large scale the global community is constantly fighting to
keep up with waves of parasites that have developed resistance to
common antimalarial drugs. Strang helped develop a programme that
focuses on edge detection within the films and we see code corroding
the documentary material in a dark, thought-provoking way.
The Exhibition is open to the public from 26th June – 18th July, 10.00
am-16.30 pm (Monday-Saturday only).
On the evening of the Private View, 27th June, Deborah Robinson will
discuss Parasite with Dr Julian Rayner, a malaria biologist based at
the Sanger Institute, introduced by Dr Peter Brown of the Life
Sciences Department at Anglia Ruskin University.
Hope to see you there.