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Jo Berry: Hijacking Natural Systems. Digital Drawings & Lightboxes, Derby 23 July–October 2011

Hijacking Natural Systems: a voyage of discovery inside our cellsis a public exhibition of a series of digital drawings and lightboxes displayed all over Derby city centre this summer, on bus stops, posters, billboards, the BBC Big Screen in the city’s Market Place and the Royal Derby Hospital. The works have been created as the result of a collaboration between artist Jo Berry and leading biomedical researchers at the University of Nottingham. In a fusion of art and science, the drawings provide a dramatic visual interpretation of their research into how the hunger hormone grehlin stimulates the body’s cells. Taking microscope images of live cell signalling, she has turned her research into an innovative new exhibition comprising digital drawings, multi-layered laser-cut lightboxes, vinyls and animations. As well as being aesthetically beautiful, each of the works also gives a glimpse at the processes and signalling events that are occurring in individual cells.“The project celebrates the human body, the use of new technology, the collaboration between science and art, and also gives the public the opportunity to see science in a new and imaginative way.” Jo Berry

With support from the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, Jo Berry spent six months working in the lab with Tim Self and Dr Nicholas Holliday of Nottingham University School of Biomedical Sciences. Their work focuses on understanding the events that happen inside cells in response to grehlin and how this information could be used to develop drugs that turn hunger on and off as possible treatments for obesity and diabetes.

With support from the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, Jo Berry spent six months working in the lab with Tim Self and Dr Nicholas Holliday of Nottingham University School of Biomedical Sciences. Their work focuses on understanding the events that happen inside cells in response to grehlin and how this information could be used to develop drugs that turn hunger on and off as possible treatments for obesity and diabetes.

The main exhibition Hijacking Natural Systems will be based at Derby Art Museum and Gallery, Saturday 23 July–October 201, which includes a film documenting the creative process. The artist will also give guided ‘mapping tours’ around the city and run workshops for the public and schoolchildren.

Images: Jo Berry. Hijacking Natural Systems

http://www.joberry.co.uk/  http://www.joberry-artist.blogspot.com/

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biomedsci/world-leading-research/cell-signalling.aspx

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Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space

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