Synthetic Biology:
Where Organic
Meets Digitial

   

Synthetic biologists, designers, artists, engineers and architects worked together to explain key concepts of Synthetic Biology.

The team members were Alan Murray, Alistair Elfick, Adam A. Stokes, Joel Mason, Chris Speed & Pierre Forissier.

The performance took place at Edinburgh College of Art for Edinburgh International Festival 2013

 
   
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Edinburgh College of Art - Sculpture Court    
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3D Printed tRNA models with RFID tags    
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Presentation:
Key concepts of synthetic biology were introduced: its history, science, process and applications through a series of illustrated talks by experts within the field.

   
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In addition to the use of animations, images and 3 dimensional models, the audience was invited to take part in time-based representations of how aspects of our bodies work by becoming the genetic material in a Synthetic Biology Dance.    
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biomorphis was commissioned to represent a protein translation via a live installation. The installation consists of a projection and a live interactive performance assisted by RFID-tagged objects. The projection is a virtual articulated sculpture which unfolds when real-life dancers scan a 3D printed model of tRNA messenger.    
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Digital Technology is used to visualise the organisation of DNA strands and the construction of proteins based upon the movement of dancers and members of the audience as they mimic the nanoscopic processes within our bodies.    
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The sculpture is a live machine.    
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Each passage of the dancers triggers the ribosome via RFID tags and a reader.    
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