From the textbooks of ancient Greek physician Hippocrates to current research on the coronavirus pandemic, we know that human health is impacted by environmental factors. Internationally renowned British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith of boredomresearch have collaborated with leading science institutions over the past decade to create dynamic video installations that explore how large scale environmental changes have altered disease transmission. In 2019 they worked with the researchers at the Arizona Cancer and Evolution Center at the ASU Biodesign Institute on radically new ways of thinking about cancer treatment. This exhibition is the U.S. premiere of the resulting video installation, 'In Search of Chemozoa,' along with three striking earlier works based upon animated robots navigating Venice’s polluted canals, flight patterns of mosquitos carrying malaria and intertidal snails adjusting to changed coastal conditions.
For more information on the artists visit boredomresearch.net.
"In Search of Chemozoa" was commissioned and funded by the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center (ACE), a new center established through an award from the National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute and housed at the Biodesign Institute at ASU. The exhibition is co-presented by the ASU Art Museum and co-curated by Pamela Winfrey, scientific research curator, ACE; Heather Sealy Lineberry, curator emeritus, and Brittany Corrales, curator, ASU Art Museum. Additional funding for the ASU Art Museum's presentation is funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts with support by the ASU Art Museum's Evelyn Smith Exhibition Fund.
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Image credit: boredomresearch, "In Search of Chemozoa," 2020. Image courtesy of boredomresearch.