LUMEN Prize 2016 winners boredomresearch will introduce their practice and talk about how they created their generative work AfterGlow for the exhibition Silent Signal. The artists worked together with Dr Paddy Brock to make AfterGlow. This continuously changing animation presents a terrain progressively illuminated by glowing trails, evocative of mosquito flight paths.
These spiralling forms represent packets of blood, carried by mosquitoes infected with Plasmodium knowlesi, a malaria parasite recently found to jump the species barrier from monkey to human. The infection left in the wake of wandering macaques as they search the island for food reveals the intimate relationship between disease and environment.
boredomresearch is a collaboration between British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith, internationally renowned for creating artworks which explore extended time frames. boredomresearch have a deep and long lasting fascination in the mechanics of the natural world which they explore using contemporary technology. boredomresearch’s work opens channels for meaningful dialogue and engagement between public and scientific domains. For example their work Real Snail Mail (the world’s first webmail service to use real snails) challenging our cultural obsession with speed, received worldwide attention, including: BBC, TIME Magazine, New Scientist and Daily Planet Discovery Channel Canada.