13 JULY 2007

Bioarama is a one-day event that illustrates new directions in art, science and technology by bringing together artists who explore notions of life, science and digital realities. By presenting these artists in the context of the DRU Artist in Residence project Biorama will explore a rich territory in which multiple threads of investigation come together to manifest unique interpretations and unfamiliar possibilities.

Biorama serves to contextualise, examine and expand upon the research carried out by Andy Gracie during his residency which weaves together the microbiology of the Pennines around Marsden Moor, traditional and digital networking systems, satellite communications, perceptions of landscape and the history and possible future of interstellar communication.

Biorama will take place in two stages with the Biorama hike in the morning and the Biorama sessions in the afternoon.


Biorama Hike(leaving from the Media Centre, Huddersfield at 10 am, returning at 2 pm)

A 5 mile guided walking lecture and environmental study with Andy Gracie and Brandon Ballangee on Marsden Moor lasting around 3 hours. The walk will cover some of the physical territory featured in Andy’s research, the moorland area in which he has been walking, meditating and collecting samples. The talk will cover the parallel conceptual territories including the topography of local transmission masts, the history of interstellar communications, the landscape painting tradition and the micro ecology of the moors. Simple scientific field experiments and samplings will be carried out at various points on the way which will provide a window on the methodologies and concepts which Andy has been attempting to weave together throughout the residency. The hike will strive to provide a holistic experience beyond mere exercise and study where we can experience nanometers and light years, the intimate and the expansive, and the networking of ideas.
Each participant will receive the Biorama Hiking kit with which to enhance their experience of the event. Participants should book in advance as places are limited and should bring sturdy walking footwear and appropriate clothing.

Biorama Sessions (starting at 3.30 p.m. at the Media Centre)
The Biorama Sessions will introduce a number of artists whose work explores the natural environment, artificial landscapes and interactions with real or imagined lifeforms. Each session will feature a double presentation with two artists introducing their work and exploring common territories before brief open discussion.


Agnes Meyer-Brandis /Andy Gracie /Brandon Ballengee /C-lab /Etoy /France Cadet /London Fieldworks


Special musical guests in the evening
Biorama is designed and presented by Monica Bello Bugallo (Capsula)