Silent Signal


QUAD Gallery, Derby

6 February – 6 March 2016
5 February: Preview + Artists and Scientists Talk

Silent Signal is an ambitious group exhibition that brings six artists working with animation together with six leading biomedical scientists, to create experimental animated artworks exploring new ways of thinking about the human body. These six new commissions explore how the immune system functions, how disease is spread and how our genetic code can be manipulated. Each work is the result of an artist having collaborated closely with a scientist for two years to produce an artistic response to their scientific research.


Genetic Moo Battle of Blister (2016)

Curated and produced by Animate Projects with a range of partner organisations and supported by a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award, Silent Signal opens at QUAD Derby in February and tours to Vivid Projects, Birmingham in March.


Eric Schockmel Immunecraft (2016)

The Six New Commissions 

AfterGlow by boredomresearch with Dr Paddy Brock (University of Glasgow)reveals the intimate relationship between disease and its environment, using gaming engine software and mathematical modelling data to explore the relationship between infection transmission and environment.

Sleepless by Ellie Land with Professor Peter Oliver (University of Oxford) is an exploration of the links now being discovered between sleep and mental health. Its rhythm is inspired by the circadian cycle and displays visual icons rooted in the science of sleep.

Battle of Blister by Genetic Moo with Dr Neil Dufton (Imperial College London) is an immersive film that takes the viewer on a fantastic voyage through the inflammation process, charting the escalation from fly bite to full scale engagement.

Loop by Samantha Moore with Dr Serge Mostowy (Imperial College London) is about what can be seen and what cannot, how scientists imagine their work and how they describe it.

Immunecraft by Eric Schockmel with Dr Megan MacLeod (University of Glasgow) adopts the form of a video game trailer to present a fictional game which gives users agency over a real life cell culture to compete against opponent players, raising questions about bioethics.

The Signal and the Noise by Charlie Tweed with Dr Darren Logan (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) exposes the parallels between computer coding and genetic coding in humans and animals, and draws upon the latest advances in DNA sequencing technology to question the ethics of fixing genetic code.

5 February: Preview + Artists & Scientists Talk, QUAD
26 February: Symposium, University of Derby
27 February: Workshop, Genetic Moo, QUAD
5 March: Talk, Dr Megan MacLeod, QUAD

Tour dates
6 February – 6 March 2016   QUAD, Derby
19 March – 23 April               Vivid Projects, Birmingham
13 May – 25 Sept                 Cultural Zone, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton
29 Sept – 26 Nov 2016          LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery, Dundee

Silent Signal is curated and produced by Animate Projects in collaboration with scientist Bentley Crudgington. Project partners include Vivid Projects, Imperial College London, QUAD and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

The Wellcome Trust has awarded a Large Arts Award for Silent Signal, one of only two projects to receive the coveted grant this year. Silent Signal is also supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

About Animate Projects
Animate Projects is an arts charity that champions experiments and creative risk taking in animation across a broad spectrum of practice. Working out of Derby and London, it is the only UK organisation dedicated to commissioning and exhibiting innovative animation online, in galleries, cinemas and public spaces. The Animate Collection at has an international reputation as a place to encounter outstanding work by British artists from the last 25 years.
Twitter:@AnimateProjects @AnimateObserver

About QUAD
QUAD is an international centre for engagement in contemporary art and film, based in Derby. The year round programme focuses on major exhibitions, professional practice for artists, mass participation, commissions, independent film and the creative use of emergent technologies. QUAD is a charity focused on intercultural dialogue through supporting diverse audiences to engage, develop skills and contribute to contemporary culture.

About the Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. They provide more than £700 million a year to support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.

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QUAD, Market Place, Derby, DE1 2AS
01332 290 606
Gallery open Mon – Sat, 11am – 6pm. Sun noon – 6pm



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