Fabric of Life, 2019
The New Anthropology exhibition, Pavlov Institute of Physiology, 2019
The Fabric of life – is a type of scientific-artistic research developed in collaboration with scientists from the Laboratory of neurogenetics. Evolutionary and interspecific connections are being visualized and materialized in the installation by the automatic knitting machine in real-time. The camera captures a face of a viewer, the program processes an image, transforming it and combining the face of the viewer with Drosophila Melanogaster’s face, and then the program converts the result into an instruction for knitting. Image morphing is based on the data from comparative investigation of homology between human and fly’s genes, developed as a part of the artistic research. The data were obtained by means of bioinformatics methods. The homology investigation allows us to find out shared parts of human and drosophila DNA and to define the smallest specific sequences that, as we have found, consists of 16 nucleotides. These sequences can be considered as "an atom of evolution" and they were used for dot plot (matrix) that is a basis of image morphing in the program. Through familiar processes that include a binary code (knitting, programming, dot plot) we get a traditional jacquard knitting fabric.
Artists - Vladlena Gromova, Artem Paramonov
Geneticist - Aleksandr Zhuravlev, senior researcher at Laboratory of neurogenetics of Pavlov Institute of Physiology.
Programmers - Alexey Krutikov
Engineer - Boris Bazulev
3d print - Timofey Ribka
Publications about the New Anthropology exhibition
The Fabric of Life - is a new installation and scientific-artistic research developed in collaboration with scientists from the Laboratory of neurogenetics of Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences. The installation is a part of the New Anthropology exhibition at the Pavlov's museum near Saint Petersburg.