Staff conducting research: Vicky Isley, Paul Smith
boredomresearch is a collaboration between artists Isley and Smith, who are internationally renowned for their projects combining art, science and technology.
Working with Oxford University neuroscientists, Isley and Smith’s Dreams of Mice captured data displaying the patterns of neuron activity in sleeping laboratory mice. The artwork enabled complex neuroscientific research to be disseminated in a form understood more intuitively by experts and non-experts alike.
AfterGlow is a real-time digital animation depicting malaria transmission, created in collaboration with Glasgow University. It leads the viewer on a visual journey through a landscape illuminated by glowing spirals, representing mosquito flight paths and infected blood. AfterGlow won the prestigious moving image Lumen Prize award in 2016 and has been exhibited all over the world.
For Robots in Distress, boredomresearch worked with computer scientists from Austria’s Graz University during the creation of the world’s largest underwater robot swarm, designed to monitor pollution in Venice Lagoon.
By representing research data in visual, intuitive formats, boredomresearch provided their scientific collaborators with a fresh outlook, encouraging questions and insights into abstract concepts at the frontiers of research. As well as communicating research, all three art-science projects exemplified and promoted the actual practice of communicating science through art.
The projects have been featured as part of art exhibitions, with more than three million engagements from scientists, industry, civil society, policymakers and the public recorded for the Silent Signal exhibition, which featured Afterglow.
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