Moscow | Saint Petersburg, 2019

The Fabric of life - is a type of scientific-artistic research developed in collaboration with scientist from 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 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 dotplot (matrix) that is a basis of image morphing in the program. Through familiar processes that includes a binary code (knitting, programming, dotplot) we get a traditional jacquard knitting fabric.

Video documentation of the research is in preparation.


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

Fabric of Life is a part of the New Arthropology exhibition in the Pavlov's museum near Saint Petersburg. 

Publications about the New Anthropology exhibition

1. Where Art meets Pavlov’s dogs: the new Art & Science museum near St.Petersburg

2. «Новая антропология»: всем интересно

3. «Мы уже никогда не будем прежними»