Researchers from the Institute, Dr Csilla Varnai, a post-doctoral researcher in the Fraser Lab and Group Leader Dr Mikhail Spivakov have been working with musician and sound producer Max Cooper and visual artist and mathematician Andy Lomas, to produce an emotive new way to experience the complexity and elegance of DNA organisation.
Chromos takes data and inspiration from Csilla’s work creating computer models to study the physical arrangement of DNA inside cells. Her goal is to understand the importance of organising the genetic information recorded in DNA and the effect that has on living cells. Max has created two music tracks ‘Chromos’ and ‘Coils of Living Synthesis’ based on the research. Andy devised a visual complement to the Chromos track and a Virtual Reality (VR) experience which allows people to climb inside the data. The music has been released online and the videos can be found here.
The VR experience has been to the Cambridge Science Festival 2017 and London Science Museum Lates. It is part of the Open Codes exhibit at ZKM-Karlsruhe, the Centre for Art and Media in Germany until January 2019. Chromos will also be coming to Berlin, Germany and Oeiras, Portugal later in 2018.